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21st Oct '17 8:10:53 AM Dravencour
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A favourite device of SlasherMovie and {{Horror}} in general. A common consequence of driving TheAllegedCar. Also see PlotSensitiveItems. Can be preceded by a DangerousKeyFumble, if the bad guys are a bit too far away to catch up. Often occurs after engaging in AutoErotica.

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A favourite favorite device of the SlasherMovie and {{Horror}} in general. A common consequence of driving TheAllegedCar. Also see PlotSensitiveItems. Can be preceded by a DangerousKeyFumble, if the bad guys are a bit too far away to catch up. Often occurs after engaging in AutoErotica.
20th Sep '17 9:10:42 AM BlaringCoder01
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* ''VideoGame/{{EuroTruckSimulator}}'' does this if your truck is seriously damaged leading to repetitive false start noises and it could go forever or until it finally starts for the 10th time.
21st Aug '17 6:46:26 PM maxwellsilver
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* Arrived at serendipitously in an episode of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''. After the characters spend the entire episode looking for their car in a mall parking garage, the intended ending was for them to just find the car and drive off. No one was happy with it, but none of them could think of a better ending. Then they actually shot the scene, and the car wouldn't start. Everyone knew they had found their better ending. The reason the car wouldn't start was that it wasn't a real car, they just let the scene run after the actors got in the car.
* Subverted in the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' episode "Jaynestown". Wash can't seem to get Serenity up in the air when the crew needs to make a quick getaway, until Inara walks into the cockpit and asks if there's a problem, when Wash gears up to yell at her-and the engines finally turn over. Subverted because there was a legitimate reason it wouldn't start; [[spoiler:the magistrate had a landlock put on Serenity to keep Jayne hanging around long enough to bring him to "justice", and it finally started when the magistrate's son put a call into port to lift the landlock-Inara's pep talk about what really makes a man made more of a man out of him than losing his virginity ever could, and he says so. His father actually backs out of the room, baffled and angrily mute, unable to fathom that his own son might object to the way he runs his mud farm]].

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* Arrived at serendipitously in an episode of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''. After the characters spend the entire episode looking for their car in a mall parking garage, the intended ending was for them to just find the car and drive off. No one was happy with it, but none of them could think of a better ending. Then they actually shot the scene, and the car wouldn't start. Everyone knew they had found their better ending. The reason the car wouldn't start was that it wasn't had a real car, dead battery, so they just let the scene run after the actors got in the car.
car (you can see Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jason Alexander cracking up in the backseat).
* Subverted in the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' episode "Jaynestown". Wash can't seem to get Serenity up in the air when the crew needs to make a quick getaway, until Inara walks into the cockpit and asks if there's a problem, when Wash gears up to yell at her-and the engines finally turn over. Subverted because there was a legitimate reason it wouldn't start; [[spoiler:the magistrate had a landlock put on Serenity to keep Jayne hanging around long enough to bring him to "justice", and it finally started when the magistrate's son put a call into port to lift the landlock-Inara's landlocked-Inara's pep talk about what really makes a man made more of a man out of him than losing his virginity ever could, and he says so. His father actually backs out of the room, baffled and angrily mute, unable to fathom that his own son might object to the way he runs his mud farm]].



--> '''Clarkson''' : [[TheEeyore Pisceans]] like a bit of a blub, and there's nothing guaranteed to get the blubbing going like -- "It's broken down again, it ''hates'' me!" It doesn't hate you, it's just an Alfa!
** Also ''occurs'' on their trip through the US deep south, when they need to get away from a gas station after their [[TooDumbToLive deliberate attempts]] to offend the locals prove [[GoneHorriblyRight excessively successful]].

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--> ---> '''Clarkson''' : [[TheEeyore Pisceans]] like a bit of a blub, and there's nothing guaranteed to get the blubbing going like -- "It's broken down again, it ''hates'' me!" It doesn't hate you, it's just an Alfa!
** Also ''occurs'' on their trip through the US deep south, when they need to get away from a gas station after their [[TooDumbToLive deliberate attempts]] attempts to offend the locals prove [[GoneHorriblyRight excessively successful]].successful.
29th Jul '17 7:22:58 PM Snowsky
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-->'''Leshawna:''' Yo, fool couple! Stop making out and START THE CAR! ''(throws popcorn at the screen)''
-->'''Izzy:''' They're gonna be chainsaw sushi! [[NightmareFetishist Hahaha!]]
-->'''Owen:''' Great Canadian cheese! Now the car won't start!
21st Apr '17 7:44:58 PM Snowsky
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* Invoked in ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland.'' The episode "Hook, Line, and Screamer" opens with the campers watching a cheesy horror movie that has a teenage couple getting caught and murdered by a serial killer because their car won't start.

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* Invoked in ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland.'' The episode "Hook, Line, and Screamer" opens with the campers watching a cheesy horror movie that has where a teenage couple getting caught and murdered by fails to escape from a serial killer chainsaw-wielding SerialKiller because their car won't start.
21st Apr '17 7:43:39 PM Snowsky
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* Invoked in ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland.'' The episode "Hook, Line, and Screamer" opens with the campers watching a cheesy horror movie that has a teenage couple getting caught and murdered by a serial killer because their car won't start.
6th Apr '17 1:07:16 AM Baeraad555
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* In Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/{{Cujo}}'', mom and son are trapped for several days on a yard in a Ford Pinto by the eponymous dog. It's a Ford Pinto. They're (un)lucky the car got them there in the first place, (they went there to get it fixed) and it's surprising the dog jumping on the back of the thing didn't [[EveryCarIsAPinto cause it to explode]]. As King himself owned a Ford Pinto at one time, the choice of car is probably a TakeThat at Ford.

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* In Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/{{Cujo}}'', mom and son are trapped for several days on a yard in a Ford Pinto by the eponymous dog. It's Justified because, well... it's a Ford Pinto. They're (un)lucky the car got them there in the first place, (they went there to get it fixed) and it's surprising the dog jumping on the back of the thing didn't [[EveryCarIsAPinto cause it to explode]]. As King himself owned a Ford Pinto at one time, the choice of car is probably a TakeThat at Ford.
11th Nov '16 12:46:06 PM WillKeaton
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* ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' -- the moment it becomes critical for the time-traveling [=DeLorean=] to start up, it doesn't. There's an elaborate fan theory as to why this is, involving the supposition that the [=DeLorean=]'s time circuit is being used [[MeanwhileInTheFuture at another point in time]] (preventing the one in the "now" from working), but it could also just be {{Plot Driven|Breakdown}} PhlebotinumBreakdown. Of course, despite the fact that he was working on a very strict timetable, and failed to get moving as soon as his alarm went off, he still managed to hit the wire [[MillionToOneChance at the exact moment lightning struck]]. To be fair, the movie does establish that there is something wrong with the starter[[note]]Not precisely accurate, as we hear the starter trying to turn the engine over[[/note]], so it isn't as if the car ran perfectly until the very moment the plot needed it to break down. The [=DeLorean=]'s problems with breaking down were [[TheAllegedCar very much]] TruthInTelevision. It was also theorized that it was simply the the laws of time travel at work to keep time together. Marty wanted to go back to mall earlier to prevent the events of the movie thus far from happening. Since that would further complicate the situation (and have two Delorean's and Marties in the same area at once) the car failed to start until it was too late for him to do so.

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* ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' -- the moment it becomes critical for the time-traveling [=DeLorean=] to start up, it doesn't. There's an elaborate fan theory as to why this is, involving the supposition that the [=DeLorean=]'s time circuit is being used [[MeanwhileInTheFuture at another point in time]] (preventing the one in the "now" from working), but it could also just be {{Plot Driven|Breakdown}} PhlebotinumBreakdown. Of course, despite the fact that he was working on a very strict timetable, and failed to get moving as soon as his alarm went off, he still managed to hit the wire [[MillionToOneChance at the exact moment lightning struck]]. To be fair, the movie does establish that there is something wrong with the starter[[note]]Not starter,[[note]]Not precisely accurate, as we hear the starter trying to turn the engine over[[/note]], over.[[/note]] so it isn't as if the car ran perfectly until the very moment the plot needed it to break down. The [=DeLorean=]'s problems with breaking down were [[TheAllegedCar very much]] TruthInTelevision. It was also theorized that it was simply the the laws of time travel at work to keep time together. Marty wanted to go back to mall earlier to prevent the events of the movie thus far from happening. Since that would further complicate the situation (and have two Delorean's and Marties in the same area at once) the car failed to start until it was too late for him to do so.
22nd Jul '16 8:08:45 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Film/BehindTheMaskTheRiseOfLeslieVernon'', the DangerouslyGenreSavvy killer [[InvokedTrope sabotages]] his victims' cars before starting his attack, including the car of [[spoiler: the journalists]] who [[TooDumbToLive really should have seen it coming]].

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* In ''Film/BehindTheMaskTheRiseOfLeslieVernon'', the DangerouslyGenreSavvy GenreSavvy killer [[InvokedTrope sabotages]] his victims' cars before starting his attack, including the car of [[spoiler: the journalists]] who [[TooDumbToLive really should have seen it coming]].
5th Jun '16 3:02:13 AM Skuld
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* ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' -- the moment it becomes critical for the time-traveling [=DeLorean=] to start up, it doesn't. There's an elaborate fan theory as to why this is, involving the supposition that the [=DeLorean=]'s time circuit is being used [[MeanwhileInTheFuture at another point in time]] (preventing the one in the "now" from working), but it could also just be {{Plot Driven|Breakdown}} PhlebotinumBreakdown. Of course, despite the fact that he was working on a very strict timetable, and failed to get moving as soon as his alarm went off, he still managed to hit the wire [[MillionToOneChance at the exact moment lightning struck]]. To be fair, the movie does establish that there is something wrong with the starter[[note]]Not precisely accurate, as we hear the starter trying to turn the engine over[[/note]], so it isn't as if the car ran perfectly until the very moment the plot needed it to break down. The [=DeLorean=]'s problems with breaking down were [[TheAllegedCar very much]] TruthInTelevision. It was also theorized that it was simply the the laws of time travel at work to keep time together. Marty wanted to go back to mall earlier to prevent the events of the movie thus far from happening. Since that would further complicate the situation (and have two Delorean's and Marty's in the same area at once) the car failed to start until it was too late for him to do so.

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* ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' -- the moment it becomes critical for the time-traveling [=DeLorean=] to start up, it doesn't. There's an elaborate fan theory as to why this is, involving the supposition that the [=DeLorean=]'s time circuit is being used [[MeanwhileInTheFuture at another point in time]] (preventing the one in the "now" from working), but it could also just be {{Plot Driven|Breakdown}} PhlebotinumBreakdown. Of course, despite the fact that he was working on a very strict timetable, and failed to get moving as soon as his alarm went off, he still managed to hit the wire [[MillionToOneChance at the exact moment lightning struck]]. To be fair, the movie does establish that there is something wrong with the starter[[note]]Not precisely accurate, as we hear the starter trying to turn the engine over[[/note]], so it isn't as if the car ran perfectly until the very moment the plot needed it to break down. The [=DeLorean=]'s problems with breaking down were [[TheAllegedCar very much]] TruthInTelevision. It was also theorized that it was simply the the laws of time travel at work to keep time together. Marty wanted to go back to mall earlier to prevent the events of the movie thus far from happening. Since that would further complicate the situation (and have two Delorean's and Marty's Marties in the same area at once) the car failed to start until it was too late for him to do so.


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** Half the time it is other beings hating his car, like [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Mold Demons]]...
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