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19th Apr '16 5:44:23 PM Pseudoname
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19th Jan '16 11:23:56 AM Shaadowmaaster
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* In a Hollywood Undead song, Charlie Scene states he is the "designated drinker", an obvious parody of this trope
18th Jan '16 8:27:34 PM Bissek
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* In one line of "Beer Run", Garth Brooks laments that it's his turn to drive.
10th Dec '15 5:00:26 PM JDButler
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* Montell Jordan's 1995 hit "This Is How We Do It" contains the lyric
-->So I reach for my 40 and I turn it up
-->Designated driver take the keys to my truck
17th Nov '15 10:21:18 PM CompletelyNormalGuy
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* Captain Amish of ''Webcomic/AtomicLaundromat'' once acted as the designated driver for a number of superheroes. Unfortunately, it didn't work very well. As he is Amish, his "car" is a horse and buggy, and, while the good Captain is a teetotaler, [[http://www.atomiclaundromat.com/comic/designated-rider/ his horse isn't.]]
3rd Jun '15 3:09:38 AM Morgenthaler
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* Inverted on the ''{{Monk}}'' episode ''Mr. Monk Is the Best Man''. Because Stottlemeyer let Monk plan his bachelor's party, Monk supplied 12-ounce bottles of beer to each of the 12 members, resulting in 144 ounces total. In Stottlemeyer's words, that meant they only had enough to make them just slightly sleepy (i.e.,, not drunk enough to require designated driving), or to give it all to one of the members to make him very polluted and make him the Designated Drunk. The majority of the partygoers ultimately go with the latter decision, and Randy Disher volunteers to become the "designated drunk".
* Mentioned on ''LittleMosqueOnThePrairie'', where the local Muslim population suddenly becomes incredibly popular at around Holiday season and are invited to all the parties, because the Christians need sober people to drive them home.

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* Inverted on the ''{{Monk}}'' ''Series/{{Monk}}'' episode ''Mr. Monk Is the Best Man''. Because Stottlemeyer let Monk plan his bachelor's party, Monk supplied 12-ounce bottles of beer to each of the 12 members, resulting in 144 ounces total. In Stottlemeyer's words, that meant they only had enough to make them just slightly sleepy (i.e.,, not drunk enough to require designated driving), or to give it all to one of the members to make him very polluted and make him the Designated Drunk. The majority of the partygoers ultimately go with the latter decision, and Randy Disher volunteers to become the "designated drunk".
* Mentioned on ''LittleMosqueOnThePrairie'', ''Series/LittleMosqueOnThePrairie'', where the local Muslim population suddenly becomes incredibly popular at around Holiday season and are invited to all the parties, because the Christians need sober people to drive them home.



* From ''StandStillStaySilent'' we get [[WrenchWench Tuuri]] [[TheEngineer Hotakainen]]. However, the trope is very subverted: she's appointed the Designated Driver for the team as... the rest of the RagtagBunchOfMisfits [[AreYouSureYouCanDriveThisThing can't actually drive]] [[DrivesLikeCrazy to save their lives]], rather than have any plans to get too drunk to. She's the only one who knows how to work gears and all the other steps you need to do, even though she's not exactly had a lot of practice actually being behind the wheel, either.

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* From ''StandStillStaySilent'' ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'' we get [[WrenchWench Tuuri]] [[TheEngineer Hotakainen]]. However, the trope is very subverted: she's appointed the Designated Driver for the team as... the rest of the RagtagBunchOfMisfits [[AreYouSureYouCanDriveThisThing can't actually drive]] [[DrivesLikeCrazy to save their lives]], rather than have any plans to get too drunk to. She's the only one who knows how to work gears and all the other steps you need to do, even though she's not exactly had a lot of practice actually being behind the wheel, either.



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "New York City vs. Homer Simpson", Moe's Tavern ends up having to institute a new designated drivers policy after his patron's drunken antics caused a lot of car accidents. Because of this, Moe supplies each patron with a pickled egg from his jar, and the one who got the black pickled egg has to be the designated driver for the night. Barney ended up getting said black egg, thus forcing the Town Drunk to go sober for the night, causing hilarity to ensue when his attempts to avoid drinking become even more difficult when Duffman and his cheerleading squad arrive at Moe's Tavern to hold a party in Barney's honor after winning a contest.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
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In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' the episode "New York City vs. Homer Simpson", Moe's Tavern ends up having to institute a new designated drivers policy after his patron's drunken antics caused a lot of car accidents. Because of this, Moe supplies each patron with a pickled egg from his jar, and the one who got the black pickled egg has to be the designated driver for the night. Barney ended up getting said black egg, thus forcing the Town Drunk to go sober for the night, causing hilarity to ensue when his attempts to avoid drinking become even more difficult when Duffman and his cheerleading squad arrive at Moe's Tavern to hold a party in Barney's honor after winning a contest.
22nd May '15 9:57:06 AM BKelly95
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* Given that ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' takes place at a bar, this trope is inevitable.
** The b-plot of one episode has a drawing for the night's designated driver and Norm "wins". He ends up driving everyone else home while being forced to remain sober the entire night.
-->'''Carla:''' Sorry, Norm. Until the night is through, you're still the designated driver.
-->'''Norm:''' Right. I know that and you know that, but did you have to call every bar in town and tell ''them''?
** Another episode opens with Sam offering to call a cab for a trio of men who have been drinking the entire night. One of them mentions that another is their designated driver. It then turns out all of them thought that another of them was the designated driver. Sam calls them a cab.
** Joked with in another episode. The guys go to a new burger place and gorge themselves. Frasier complains that he only got to eat one. Norm explains that was because he's the designated driver.
13th Mar '15 11:09:08 AM LordGro
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* In ''TheSimpsons'' episode "New York City vs. Homer Simpson", Moe's Tavern ends up having to institute a new designated drivers policy after his patron's drunken antics caused a lot of car accidents. Because of this, Moe supplies each patron with a pickled egg from his jar, and the one who got the black pickled egg has to be the designated driver for the night. Barney ended up getting said black egg, thus forcing the Town Drunk to go sober for the night, causing hilarity to ensue when his attempts to avoid drinking become even more difficult when Duffman and his cheerleading squad arrive at Moe's Tavern to hold a party in Barney's honor after winning a contest.

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* In ''TheSimpsons'' ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "New York City vs. Homer Simpson", Moe's Tavern ends up having to institute a new designated drivers policy after his patron's drunken antics caused a lot of car accidents. Because of this, Moe supplies each patron with a pickled egg from his jar, and the one who got the black pickled egg has to be the designated driver for the night. Barney ended up getting said black egg, thus forcing the Town Drunk to go sober for the night, causing hilarity to ensue when his attempts to avoid drinking become even more difficult when Duffman and his cheerleading squad arrive at Moe's Tavern to hold a party in Barney's honor after winning a contest.




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* Very much TruthInTelevision. In Finland it is customary that the designated driver will drink only coffee, energy drinks or soft drinks, and the rest of the party will buy his or her drinks.
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\n[[folder:RealLife]]\n* Very much TruthInTelevision. In Finland it is customary that the designated driver will drink only coffee, energy drinks or soft drinks, and the rest of the party will buy his or her drinks.\n[[/folder]]\n----
4th Nov '14 2:42:54 PM Euodiachloris
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* From ''StandStillStaySilent'' we get [[WrenchWench Tuuri]] [[TheEngineer Hotakainen]]. However, the trope is very subverted: she's appointed the Designated Driver for the team as... the rest of the RagtagBunchOfMisfits [[AreYouSureYouCanDriveThisThing can't actually drive]] [[DrivesLikeCrazy to save their lives]], rather than have any plans to get too drunk to. She's the only one who knows how to work gears, even if she's not had a lot of practice actually driving, either.

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* From ''StandStillStaySilent'' we get [[WrenchWench Tuuri]] [[TheEngineer Hotakainen]]. However, the trope is very subverted: she's appointed the Designated Driver for the team as... the rest of the RagtagBunchOfMisfits [[AreYouSureYouCanDriveThisThing can't actually drive]] [[DrivesLikeCrazy to save their lives]], rather than have any plans to get too drunk to. She's the only one who knows how to work gears, gears and all the other steps you need to do, even if though she's not exactly had a lot of practice actually driving, being behind the wheel, either.
4th Nov '14 2:39:18 PM Euodiachloris
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* From ''StandStillStaySilent'' we get [[WrenchWench Tuuri]] [[TheEngineer Hotakainen]]. However, the trope is very subverted: she's appointed the Designated Driver for the team as... the rest of the RagtagBunchOfMisfits [[AreYouSureYouCanDriveThisThing can't actually drive]] [[DrivesLikeCrazy to save their lives]], rather than have any plans to get too drunk to. She's the only one who knows how to work gears, even if she's not had a lot of practice actually driving, either.
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