Created By: null507 on August 28, 2011 Last Edited By: null507 on August 31, 2011

Stay In The Car

I Thought I Told You To Stay in the Car

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Do We Have This One?, Needs a Better Title

It's NEVER SAFE in the car.

A form of Wait Here in which The Hero as a Tagalong Kid or The Chick with them. Usually found in the Action/Crime genre. Usually the Tagalong will get worried/bored and leave the car. Alternatively they may steal said car and crash it into the bad guy or through a wall And when confronted by their superiors will point out that they did stay in the car . May lead to Accidental Kidnapping.

Film
  • In Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Qui-Gon tells Anikin to stay inside the fighter cockpit. Anikin is an experienced pilot despite being 10 years old, so naturally....
  • The Dark Knight Returns: Batman tells the new Robin (a Tagalong Kid who has Jumped At The Call) to stay in the Batcopter, and don't touch anything. She's a computer whiz, so not only does she touch stuff she reprograms the voice activation to respond only to her Future Slang rather than Batman's normal English.

Live Action TV
  • In Alphas, Gary is told to stay in the car. It works fine until the cops tell him he can't park there and he gets arrested.
  • In NCIS, when Palmer goes with Gibbs and the field agents to hunt a criminal. Gibbs tells him to stay in the car, so he t-bones the guy when he tries to get away.
  • Chuck does this so many times by the beginning of Season 2 he provides the page quote.
  • Happen so much in Castle that in the very first episode Beckett had to handcuff him to the car. It didn't work.

Western Animation
  • Jade of Jackie Chan Adventures loves this one.
  • Jonny Quest: The eponymous kid, Jonny never did what he was told. Ever.
Community Feedback Replies: 15
  • August 28, 2011
    KingZeal
    • Jonny Quest: The eponymous kid, Jonny never did what he was told. Ever.
  • August 28, 2011
    FrodoGoofballCoTV
    I heard somewhere having a title designed to sound like a quote is frowned upon by Fast Eddie for some reason.

    Anyway

    Webcomics:
    • In Pawn, Ayanah orders Baalah to "stand next to this wall" so she can poop in the dungeon without Baalah watching her. Baalah decides that Ayanah didn't order her to stand by any particular section of the wall, and follows her, careful to move along the wall.

    Film:
    • In Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Qui-Gon tells Anikin to stay inside the fighter cockpit. Anikin is an experienced pilot despite being 10 years old, so naturally....
  • August 28, 2011
    randomsurfer
    If needed, Sub Trope to Wait Here.
  • August 28, 2011
    countmall
    In NCIS, when Palmer goes with Gibbs and the field agents to hunt a criminal. Gibbs tells him to stay in the car, so he t-bones the guy when he tries to get away.
  • August 29, 2011
    Fanra
    Here's your page quote:

    Jack Slater: Let's say this is a movie. How many times have you heard someone say, "stay in the car," and the guy doesn't? What happens?
    Danny Madigan: He saves the day.
    Jack Slater: Or, gets killed!
  • August 29, 2011
    deuxhero
    Interstate '76 has the arc words "Never get out of the car". The inclusion of on foot gameplay in the "sequel" predictably was not well received.
  • August 29, 2011
    CommanderPanda
    It's a little bit of a Stock Phrase right now isn't it?
  • August 29, 2011
    snowmanbz
    The beginning of the Incredibles, when Mr. Incredible tells Buddy to stay in the car
  • August 30, 2011
    nitrokitty
    Mickey and K-9 do the "bust through a wall rescue" form of this in Doctor Who
  • August 30, 2011
    Arivne
    To make the title not a line of dialogue:

  • August 30, 2011
    TheThnikkaman
    I like Ordered To Stay In The Car.
  • August 30, 2011
    SquirrelGuy
    How to Beat the High Cost of Living. Female character goes to burgle a hardware store at night, and brings her two toddler-age children along! The kids decide to go outside the car to play, of course, and mom yells -- from inside the store -- at the kids to get back in the car, pounding hard on the store's plate-glass window in the process. This sets of the store's burglar alarm. Gee, you're smart!
  • August 30, 2011
    anya1594
    Adding onto the previous Doctor Who example...
    • Technically, it's "Stay in the TARDIS!", but the Doctor oftentimes finds himself telling this to his current companion, usually with less than spectacular results. A noteworthy example occurs in The Doctor's Wife when the Doctor locks Amy and Rory in the TARDIS to keep them safe. Turns out that was a terrible idea as the episode's Big Bad House takes control of the TARDIS, leaving the Doctor stranded and the Ponds at House's mercy.
  • August 30, 2011
    Psychobabble6
    • After screwing up for most of the movie, Dale in Horrible Bosses is ordered to stay in the car under the guise of "keeping a lookout". Not surprisingly, the efforts to keep him out of trouble aren't entirely effective.
  • August 31, 2011
    ladyofprocrastination
    The number of times the Doctor has told his companions to "Stay in the car!" "Stay in the TARDIS!" or "Stay here!" is to large to count. The number of times they have obeyed can be counted on one hand.
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