Created By: chicagomel on June 7, 2015 Last Edited By: foxley on July 9, 2017
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Hood Hornament

Cow horns on a car mean a character from the West.

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This is a visual trope that's often used along with style of dress to show that a character is from the western part of the United States, or occasionally more specifically that they are from Texas or somehow involved in the cattle business. Sometimes it can also just be there because they're a lover of The West. A pair of cattle horns is mounted on the hood or sometimes the front grille of their vehicle.


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    Film — Animated 
  • The owner of Dinoco in Cars is a limo with a horn hood ornament functioning as a moustache.
  • In The Brave Little Toaster one of the broken down cars in the junkyard during the "Worthless" number is a long-bodied roadster with hood hornments. It states that it took a Texan to a wedding, one assumes that it was a wealthy Texan if he could afford a car like that.

    Film — Live Action 
  • In Sunset, cowboy movie star Tom Mix drives a huge Packard convertible with steer horns mounted on the front. Mix actually had a car like this in Real Life.
  • In North North's first stop when looking for a new set of parents is Texas, where his prospective parents pick him up in the airport driving an airport cart with horns, followed by a Absurdly Long Limousine with horns on the front.
  • In Scotland, PA, when Joe McBeth becomes owner of a successful restaurant, he buys a new car with steer horns on the hood as a status symbol. They're a Chekhov's Gun as well: he dies at the end by falling off a roof and getting impaled on those same horns.

    Live Action TV 
  • In CSI, Grissom investigated the case of a man with Down's Syndrome who was working at a ranch. The murder weapon turned out to be a pair of these, and the killer their owner, a cocky ranch hand.
  • In one Emergency! episode, the paramedics are flagged down by a guy wanting to report an accident. He was dressed Western-style and had a pair of these on the hood of his car.
  • The Dukes of Hazzard:
    • Boss Hogg has a pair of giant horns on his white Caddy convertable.
    • Boss Hogg's Polar Opposite Twin Abraham Lincoln Hogg has a pair of horns on his black Caddy convertable.
    • Boss Hogg's nephew Hughie has a pair of small horns on his white VW Beetle convertable.
  • In JJ Starbuck, Starbuck was a self-made Texas billionaire who toured the country in his white 1964 Continental that came complete with steer horns on the hood and a horn that played The Eyes of Texas, using his wealth to help people.

    Professional Wrestling 

    Video Games 
  • In Grand Theft Auto V, Trevor can add a pair of horns to his signature cars hood, or its roof (or both), which fits well with his rebellious lifestyle and his love for living in the desert.

    Western Animation 
Community Feedback Replies: 24
  • June 8, 2015
    Arivne
    • Namespaced the Useful Notes name United States.
    • Examples section
      • Added a line separating the Description and Examples sections.
      • Added the word "Examples".
      • Added [[foldercontrol]] .
      • In folder titles, changed "Folder" to "folder" and deleted the extra space between "folder:" and the next word so the folders would work.
      • Blue Linked (The Flinstones).
  • June 8, 2015
    randomsurfer
  • June 8, 2015
    foxley
    In Sunset, cowboy movie star Tom Mix drives a huge Packard convertible with steer horns mounted on the front. Mix actually had a car like this in Real Life.
  • June 11, 2015
    chicagomel
    I guess Im not too good at formatting...thanks for that help.
  • June 11, 2015
    Lythande
    Heh... I'm lame... but I want to call this Hood Hornament.
  • June 12, 2015
    TonyG
    The owner of Dinoco in Cars is a limo with a horn hood ornament functioning as a moustache.
  • June 14, 2015
    Arivne
    ^^ Seconding Hood Hornament.
  • June 19, 2015
    chicagomel
    OK, got them added. I hate it when I can't get back for a couple days, don't want people to think I abandoned it.
  • June 19, 2015
    Koveras
    [groan] That title gets my hat. :D
  • January 2, 2016
    chicagomel
    Hat bump.
  • January 3, 2016
    Antigone3
    Love the name!

    Pro Wrestling: For at least part of his career, John Bradshaw Layfield used a limo with cow horns mounted on the front.
  • January 3, 2016
    NateTheGreat
    In The Brave Little Toaster one of the broken down cars in the junkyard during the "Worthless" number is a long-bodied roadster with hood hornments. It states that it took a Texan to a wedding, one assumes that it was a wealthy Texan if he could afford a car like that.

  • January 4, 2016
    lakingsif
    Image? [1]

    It's Doug Dimmadome's Dimmobile from The Fairly Odd Parents.
  • January 4, 2016
    randomsurfer
    In North North's first stop when looking for a new set of parents is Texas, where his prospective parents pick him up in the airport driving an airport cart with horns, followed by a Absurdly Long Limousine with horns on the front.
  • July 6, 2017
    foxley
    Bumping. Is this Up For Grabs?
  • July 6, 2017
    NightShade96
    ^ Yep. This hasn't been edited since 2015.
  • July 6, 2017
    lakingsif
    ^yep
  • July 6, 2017
    foxley
    Cool. I'll launch if it gets a 5th hat.
  • July 7, 2017
    lakingsif
    ^or you could improve it first
  • July 7, 2017
    NightShade96
    ^ Agreed, it might need more examples first, before launching.
  • July 7, 2017
    foxley
    If you've got suggestions for improving it, make them. And its got Three Examples And A Name.
  • July 7, 2017
    NightShade96
    ^ No, I mean that it should have at least 13 wicks to stand on its own, and that'll be easier with more examples.
  • July 7, 2017
    MetaFour
    Film:
    • In Scotland PA, when Joe McBeth becomes owner of a successful restaurant, he buys a new car with steer horns on the hood as a status symbol. They're a Chekhovs Gun as well: he dies at the end by falling off a roof and getting impaled on those same horns.
  • July 8, 2017
    CactusFace
    • In Grand Theft Auto V Trevor can add a pair of horns to his signature cars hood, or its roof (or both), which fits well with his rebellious livestyle and his love for living in the desert.
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