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[[caption-width-right:350:''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin ...I drive.]]'']]

->''"If I drive for you, you give me a time and a place. I give you a five-minute window, anything happens in that five minutes and I'm yours no matter what. I don't sit in while you're running it down; I don't carry a gun... I drive."''
-->-- '''The Driver'''

In '''''Drive''''' -- a 2011 crime thriller directed by Creator/NicolasWindingRefn, itself based on a 2005 novel of the same name by James Sallis -- Creator/RyanGosling plays [[NoNameGiven The Driver]], a stuntman/mechanic in UsefulNotes/LosAngeles who moonlights as a getaway driver for robberies. The Driver has isolated and detached himself from just about everyone else in the world -- except his boss, Shannon (Creator/BryanCranston), and his young neighbor Irene (Creator/CareyMulligan), whom he becomes emotionally attached to.

Despite various {{Award Snub}}s, critics and cinephile circles alike heaped tons of praise upon the film; thanks to this praise and its box office success, ''Drive'' looks to become a CultClassic.

A sequel to the novel, titled ''Driven'', was published in April 2012.

Don't confuse this film with the 1998 [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drive_%281998_film%29 Marc Dacascos film of the same name]].

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!! The following tropes belong to ''Drive'', no matter what:

* AbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder: Irene has clearly been re-thinking her marriage to Standard during his prison term, but reaffirms their relationship upon his return.
* TheAce: The Driver effortlessly escapes from a chase from the police in the beginning and Shannon calls him the best driver he's ever seen.
** BrokenAce: The Driver however is aware of just how dangerous his job is. Not simply because of his role as a getaway driver but as his metaphor of the "frog and the scorpion" also of how dangerous is associates can be.
* AffablyEvil:
** Bernie Rose. [[spoiler:Hell, he genuinely apologizes to Shannon when he slits his wrist and comforts him while as dies, and is visibly shaken with his death afterward. He seems very regretful that all of this violence has to happen.]]
** Shannon counts as well, admitting cheerfully to Irene that he severely underpays the Driver for what he's worth, but acting like a father figure to him as well. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, his ill-advised attempt to reach out to Bernie Rose to get a better idea of what the deal was with the pawn shop job puts himself, the Driver, and Irene all in danger]]
* AnachronicOrder: The entirety of the novel, which can make it initially rather difficult to follow despite the fairly straightforward plot. Screenwriter Hossein Amini noted that this made adapting the novel a very challenging proposition. The film only makes use of it in three scenes.
* AndStarring: Creator/AlbertBrooks
* AnyoneCanDie: By the end of the movie [[spoiler:Standard, Bernie, Nino, Blanche, Shannon, several mooks and possibly the Driver]] are all dead, and that's a movie with fewer than 10 named major or minor characters in it.
* ArmorPiercingSlap: Irene gives The Driver one of these.
* BackAlleyDoctor: The Driver refers to one. Although greatly cut down from the novel, where "Doc" is a much bigger, more developed character who even gets a scene or two from his own perspective.
* BackstabBackfire: [[spoiler:The Driver attempting to return the money to Bernie, is stabbed badly in the stomach, but the Driver is able to get a stab on him in the heart and come out on top.]]
* {{Badass}}: The Driver, who only gets more and more badass with each passing scene.
* BadassDriver: "The Driver" is known only as that, so he must be pretty good.
* BadassGrandpa: Bernie Rose is still a scarily capable man at his advanced age.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Averted when [[spoiler:Blanche's]] head gets blown off by close-range shotgun blast.
* BewareTheNiceOnes[=/=]BewareTheQuietOnes:The Driver may be soft-spoken, quietly friendly, and loyal, but he can hold his own in a fight, has a serious capacity for violence, and knows a thing or two about getting away from the police.
* BigBadDuumvirate: Bernie and Nino.
* BittersweetEnding: In the end, the Driver [[spoiler:has defeated all of the villains and ensured Irene's safety]], but [[spoiler:he drives away without the money, does not get the girl]], and [[spoiler:it's not revealed if he gets treated for his stab wound]].
* BlackAndGrayMorality: The Driver is himself a criminal with some anger issues. He must go against a rogue's gallery of LA mobsters and murderers who are much worse than him.
* BlofeldPloy: Played with. Bernie is piping mad at Nino for trying to pull off a heist, screwing up and potentially getting them both killed by the East Coast mob. To show his dissatisfaction he stabs a {{Mook}} in the eye with a fork, stabs him repeatedly in the throat with a knife and tells Nino "Now it's your turn to clean up after me." The Mook participated in the heist so he was a loose end to be killed like anyone else involved. It was the manner of his death that was meant to show Nino how pissed off Bernie was.
* BoomHeadshot: [[spoiler:Blanche]] gets half of her head blown off by a shotgun at close range.
* BoringButPractical:
** Driver's driving style is very precise and lacks the flashiness we might expect from a driving movie. He prefers to play cat-and-mouse games with the cops rather than engaging them in long, high-speed car chases.
** Most of the killings are quick, brutal and done up close. There are no fancy fistfights, knife fights or GunFu.
* BrickJoke: A very dark example. Early on in the film, Bernie and Shannon have agreed on an investment deal for Shannon's plan to have The Driver work as a stock-car driver. Shannon, excited, offers Bernie his hand, but Bernie is still hesitant about the deal and pointedly does not accept. Later on in the film, Bernie shows up in Shannon's garage and talks about how excited he was at the prospect of their deal, and offers Shannon his hand, which Shannon accepts. [[spoiler:Bernie then pulls out a straight razor and slits Shannon's arm from elbow to wrist on the spot, leaving him to bleed to death.]]
* BrutalHonesty: Bernie Rose always seems to be giving you the unvarnished truth. [[spoiler:In the end, he promised that the girl was safe, and said outright that he couldn't offer the same to the Driver once they left the restaurant. Sure enough, he stabs him in the parking lot.]]
* ButtMonkey: Blanche, Shannon, Standard.
* ByronicHero: The Driver is a loner with a mysterious DarkAndTroubledPast, yet sympathetic because he's motivated to protect Irene and her son.
* ChekhovsSkill: Early on in the film while shooting a stunt for a movie, the Driver has to do a rollover, where another car hits his while he's driving and his car flips his over several times. [[spoiler:He uses the exact same method to knock Nino's car off a cliff.]]
* ChestInsignia: The Driver has a yellow scorpion insignia on the back of his silver jacket, which the camera frequently lingers on. Later, he refers to the fable of the scorpion and the frog, which is about a good-natured frog who carries a scorpion on his back despite knowing full well its predatory nature, and [[spoiler:ends up getting stung for his trouble.]]
* CrypticBackgroundReference: A few, namely Nino's resentment of how the ever-unseen East Coast mob treats him.
* CurbStompBattle: The Driver literally does this to a mook in an elevator.
* DamselInDistress: Protecting Irene and her child is the sole reason Driver gets involved in the crime spree of the film.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: It's not laboured on, but it's hinted that the Driver has one of these. The original novel goes into greater detail.
* DeadStarWalking: [[spoiler:Christina Hendricks]] gets fourth billing in the opening credits and all the trailers but is around for all of two scenes with barely any dialogue before [[spoiler:getting shot in the head.]] Though in the ending credits, she's billed sixth.
* DidNotGetTheGirl: Because of his tangling with Bernie and Nino, Driver has to abandon Irene and Benicio, which he warned her would happen.
* DiegeticSwitch: Inverted. Ryan Gosling exits his apartment after finishing work on an engine component (carburetor), and he notices Irene sitting outside her apartment. The narrative music switches to music being played inside Irene's apartment, muffled from being behind a closed door.
* DiesWideOpen: Teased in the end. [[spoiler:Driver drags himself behind the wheel of his car and stares into space without blinking for nearly a minute straight. He finally blinks, however, and drives away]]. This is a callback to an earlier scene where [[spoiler:he has a staring contest with a boy and claims that the kid blinked first.]]
* DoesntLikeGuns:
** One of Driver's rules. [[spoiler:The only gun he fires the whole film he takes off one of the hitmen sent to kill him.]]
** Bernie seems to be a KnifeNut and is never seen handling a firearm, even when he goes alone to kill someone.
* DownLADrain: There's some driving down the L.A. river. Since The Driver seems to see himself as a character in a film, this is a direct nod to the trope itself.
* DroneOfDread: Takes over the soundtrack during violent scenes.
* DropTheHammer: The Driver brings along a carpeter's claw hammer and uses it to beak a gangster's arms, then threatens to drive a bullet into his skull. The hammer's image has become iconic of the film, and is known for inspiring many fan-made posters [[http://th00.deviantart.net/fs70/PRE/i/2011/338/c/1/drive___poster_by_mikehorowitz-d4i61zo.jpg such as this one]] to evoke it.
* EyeScream: Bernie jams a fork in a {{Mook}}'s eye.
* TheFarmerAndTheViper: The more plot-relevant "Scorpion and the Frog" version is referenced by name by the Driver near the end of the film, which goes along with his scorpion jacket ("carrying" the scorpion symbol around on his back), showing that the parable's moral is not lost on him.
* LeFilmArtistique: The film's detractors have criticized that the film leans more towards this at times (especially in the first half) than towards being an action thriller. This was the result of Refn and Gosling's input. It's lampshaded by Bernie:
-->I used to produce movies. In the eighties. Kind of like action films, sexy stuff. One critic called them European. I thought they were shit.
* TheFilmOfTheBook: A surprisingly faithful adaptation of James Sallis' novel, though with a few major changes and lacking its completely non-chronological order.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Early in the film Driver loses a staring contest with the young Benicio. This foreshadows the final scene in which Driver [[spoiler:sits motionless in his car after being stabbed by Bernie; staring for an extremely long time. The audience is unaware if he is alive or not, until he finally blinks.]]
* GainaxEnding: The ending might be this depending on how you interpret it. The final scene is somewhere between the ending of [[spoiler:''Being There'']], the [[spoiler: Dying Dream]] interpretation of the ending of ''Film/TaxiDriver'' and a surreal-ish ShoutOut to the ending of ''{{Shane}}''. Basically, as the credits roll, [[spoiler:the Driver ''blinks'' after a full minute of corpse-like behavior, proceeds to twist the key and start the engine, and drive off to parts unknown while leaving the money suitcase on the ground next to Bernie's dead body. So, was he dead or not?]]
* GenericEthnicCrimeGang: Subverted - Nino and Bernie are Jewish gangsters, though Nino's front is still a pizzeria, which Bernie mocks him for. Nino later complains [[spoiler:that the true Italian mobsters from the East Coast still call him the anti-Semitic term "kike" and patronize him relentlessly, a source of extreme frustration and insecurity which explains much of his behaviour.]] Though only used once in the film, without explanation, by Bernie, Nino's real name is in fact the much more Jewish "Izzy". If you haven't read the novel it's likely you wouldn't even notice this.
* GenreBusting: On TheOtherWiki, the genre is described as "neo-noir arthouse action crime thriller".
* GenreThrowback: To 1980's crime films.
* {{Gorn}}: [[spoiler:Christina Hendricks]] getting half her head blown off, [[spoiler:the stooge in the elevator]] getting his skull caved in, and [[spoiler:Cook]] getting stabbed in the neck three times.
* GreedyJew: Bernie and Nino are crooked Jewish mobsters and serve as the primary antagonists. Nino's motivation is never receiving respect from the Mafia because of his Jewishness.
* GutPunch:
** [[spoiler:Blanche]] getting [[YourHeadASplode a face full of buckshot]] sends the movie almost instantly from low key, character-driven romance to a considerably BloodierAndGorier RoaringRampageOfRevenge. Doubly so because the only previous on screen death had been understated.
** The sudden and deafening gunshots which brutally take down [[spoiler:Standard]] in the previous scene.
* HaveYouToldAnyoneElse: Said by Nino. The Driver answers no and gets the response: "You're not very good at this, are you?"
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Bernie and Nino are both violent criminals, as are their goons, but the Driver begins to out-perform them in cruel violence.
* HiddenDepths: The Driver, who comes across as a deeply quiet and shy man who has a few minor criminal connections, but is later revealed to have great reserves of anger and darkness within him. His {{Backstory}} was explained in detail in the source novel, but only suggested in the film. Hinted at with both Bernie Rose and Nino; both appear to come off as little more than ruthless and vicious criminals, but Bernie gives the impression at times of a man deeply weary with his life and apparently genuinely eager to set up a stock car racing team with Shannon, while Nino reveals that he's stewing with resentment at never being shown respect by his criminal associates.
* HollywoodCalifornia: Notably showcases both the town's highs and its lows. Despite taking place in and around Hollywood and the Driver being a professional stunt driver for the movies, and while occasionally detouring to film sets, stock car racetracks, sports stadiums and massive LED-rimmed skyscrapers, the film, like its protagonist, mostly focuses on the much less glamorous side of area, setting itself in cheap apartment complexes and garages.
* {{Homage}}:
** In two forms: a tribute to the crime movies of the '80s, especially Michael Mann...and to classic Westerns like ''Shane'' and ''TheSearchers'', which gets a HomageShot, complete with flipping the meaning of the original shot, to boot. [[spoiler:The innocent Irene is the one who has the door closed on her, not the criminal Driver.]] The eighties-style, pink neon lettering in the credits is a nod to similar credits in ''Film/RiskyBusiness''.
** The film eerily echoes the 1980s Walter Hill film, ''Film/TheDriver'', starring Ryan O'Neal, who played a similarly enigmatic and nonverbal driver for criminals.
* IconicOutfit: Driver's white satin jacket with embroidered gold scorpion on the back, driving gloves, skinny tight black jeans, light colored madison boots, and a [[DropTheHammer hammer]].
* ImprovisedWeapon: In one scene, a curtain rod.
* InnocentBystander: The Driver does not involve Irene and avoids telling her specifics that might make her an associate with him. [[spoiler: In the end, after several more murders, he chooses to never see her again.]]
* {{Jerkass}}: Nino isn't particularly nice to Shannon, and because he's so difficult to work with he ends up starting the conflict by [[spoiler:calling the robbery on the east cost mob and wanting the Driver killed afterwards.]]
* KnifeNut: Bernie does all of his killings with bladed weapons. He's even got a very nice box of expensive knives and razors that he puts to good use.
* LatexPerfection: Realistically averted. The silicone rubber mask in the film is used for The Driver to resemble the star he's doing the stunts for. It is of very high quality and makes him look like the star from a distance but becomes very UncannyValley up-close.
* LegitimateBusinessmensSocialClub: "Nino's Pizza" is a thinly-veiled meeting place for his low-level ring of thugs and mob associates. It's actually played ''doubly'' straight, as it's also a front for Nino's own persona: he's a former Jewish street tough from Brooklyn that's still aspiring to be an Italian mafioso and burdened with mockery and condescension from his East Coast counterparts.
* LimitedWardrobe: The Driver takes his satin jacket everywhere, even when it's noticeably stained with blood. He also only ever seems to wear the same denim shirt under it.
* UsefulNotes/LosAngeles: In all its labyrinthine-roaded glory.
* MeaningfulName: Nino is a real Italian name, but in Spanish, it means "child," reflecting both the character's behavior and how he's perceived by his supposed peers.
* MetallicarSyndrome: Subverted to the point of comedy. The opening scene shows Ryan Gosling picking up a modified car for use in a heist. He and the mechanic walk past 5 or 6 flashy American muscle cars while the mechanic quips, "Here she is, plain-jane as can be, the most popular car in the state of California, the [modern day] Chevy Impala". Keep in mind that the Impala also used to be a flashy American muscle car back in the day.
* MoodWhiplash: The movie uses a lot of happy music before it switches to very brutal violence. In particular, the elevator scene goes from a very romantic scene to [[spoiler:a mook having his brains stomped into pulp]].
* MookHorrorShow: The Driver stalks [[spoiler:Nino]] after he leaves the pizza place at night, chasing them to the beach at night. The Driver is even wearing a blank face mask from a stunt movie.
* MoralityPet: Irene and Benicio are this for the Driver.
* MotorMouth: Unlike the Driver, his partner/mentor Shannon is always making conversation, and later on ends up telling [[spoiler:Bernie about Irene.]]
* NeverTrustATrailer: The trailers give the impression that the film is a straight car chase thriller similar to ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious'', when it actually features quite a lot of quiet drama scenes sprinkled amongst the bone-crunching violence. One woman even [[http://movies.ign.com/articles/119/1199189p1.html sued]] because she didn't receive a ''The Fast and the Furious'' clone.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: The Driver is a pragmatic and vicious fighter, killing one man by [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice stabbing him with a curtain rod]]. Then, while saying goodbye to his not-girlfriend, he kills a hitman with them in an elevator, going to even further extremes (doubtless his love was also his BerserkButton). She is shown to be visibly freaked out by the killing.
* NoNameGiven: The Driver. The closest to a name we get is Shannon calling him "Kid". The soundtrack refers to him as "Deluxe", which is taken from a pun on Standard's name in the film.
* NotWearingTights: The Driver's satin jacket with its scorpion motif is akin to this. In interviews, Ryan Gosling and director Nicholas Winding Refn have both likened the character to a superhero.
* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler:The Driver gets stabbed in the stomach by Bernie in the end. He is left sitting in his car blanked out until his Real Hero theme song begins to play and he remains conscious enough to drive away.]]
* ObviouslyEvil: Discussed while the Driver and Benicio watch TV.
-->'''Driver:''' Is he a bad guy?
-->'''Benicio:''' Yeah.
-->'''Driver:''' How can you tell?
-->'''Benicio:''' Because he's a shark.
-->'''Driver:''' There's no good sharks?
-->'''Benicio:''' No. I mean just look at him. Does he look like a good guy to you?
* OneLastJob: Standard has to pull one due to increasingly threatening {{Loan Shark}}s. [[spoiler:It gets him killed]].
* OralFixation: The Driver has a habit of leaving a toothpick hanging out of his mouth, allowing him to look cool while pointedly not smoking tobacco.
* OrangeBlueContrast: Pretty much every shot. Even if both orange and blue aren't present in one shot together, the scene will likely be set up so that from one angle it's orange, and from another it's blue. Notably, blue/pink is used in a number of the night scenes. Refn explained that the stylized appearance of the film is in part due to his colour-blindness, as he can't see mid-colours.
* OutDamnedSpot:
** Multiple times characters are shown cleaning their hands of grease, blood, etc. When the Driver is reluctant to shake Bernie's hand because his hands are dirty with grease, Bernie quips that his hands are "dirty" too.
** The Driver never cleans his jacket, walking around in broad daylight with it even when it's stained in blood. The closest he gets to cleaning it is a quick dip in the ocean.
* ThePlan: The events of the second half of the film result from Nino's failed attempt at one of these.
* ProductPlacement: Ford, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Budweiser, the Staples Center and Denny's (Irene works at one). One wonders how much Chevy paid for the inclusion of the Impala, which Shannon calls "plain Jane" and claims that no one will ever notice you driving one because it's so common.
* TheQuietOne: Driver is quite reticent, communicating more through his eyes and fleeting smiles than his words. In fact, he speaks fewer than twenty full sentences.
* RaceLift: Irene. In the novel she's a Hispanic woman named Irina. In the film she's played by Carey Mulligan.
* RageBreakingPoint: The elevator scene, where [[spoiler:Driver brutally kills one of Nino's hitmen]].
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Turns out Standard is this as a husband. He initially gives off dangerous vibes during his return party and sounds a bit patronizing, but it turns out he genuinely loves his son and wife. He reacts very maturely to his realization that a man has been sniffing around his wife during his absence and respectfully gives them space to settle their affairs.
** The actor's portrayal in the film is even done well enough to give some indication that he might be internally unhappy about it [the relationship between his wife and Driver], but is trying to turn a new leaf in his life, as the story implies later.
* RetiredCompleteMonster: Bernie Rose, according to back story created by the director and Creator/AlbertBrooks.
* TheReveal: Irene sees the Driver as a nice, perhaps odd friend. [[spoiler:And then she finds herself stuck in elevator with him and a mook. If it wasn't clear before, it becomes obvious that the Driver is a repressed sociopath who is probably more dangerous than the villians of this flick.]]
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: No "roaring" involved, but [[spoiler:Driver]] goes on one of these, if a slightly more methodical version, after [[spoiler:Standard]] dies. Bernie also seems to fear that the East Coast mob could go on one of these against him and Nino after Nino's plans go awry.
* RobbingTheMobBank: Standard's pawn shop heist turns up a million dollars in stashed mob money. Oops.
* RuleOfCool: It doesn't really make a whole lot of sense that a getaway driver, working in the kind of profession that depends on anonymity, would wear a white satin jacket with a golden scorpion embroidered on the back. Indeed, at the end of the opening chase sequence the Driver can be seen taking off the jacket and donning a baseball cap so as to look less conspicuous. However, a great way to lose yourself in a crowd is to wear something outrageous with something mundane under it, ditching the outrageousness (which your pursuers will have noted and for which they will be searching) when you need to disappear. Though it's only seen once in the movie, it's not unlikely that this is what the Driver is aiming for throughout.
* SacrificialLamb:
** [[spoiler:Standard]]'s sudden murder marks the film's jump from being a character study with a crime backdrop into becoming a full fledged violent crime movie.
** Shortly after, [[spoiler:Blanche]]'s head getting blown apart with a shotgun [[GutPunch signals that this movie means business]].
* ShoutOut: To ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'' when Driver wears the rubber mask, [[spoiler:as he kills Nino]].
* SmugSnake: Nino.
* SociopathicHero: The Driver, in order to protect Irene and her son, is not hesitant to kill any men that come after them or set out himself to kill them.
* SoundtrackDissonance: The movie cuts from Cliff Martinez's quiet, abstract score or '80s-esque pop music to extremely brutal action with a silent background. There's also the slow motion scene of the Driver staring into a party Bernie and his goons are attending, wearing his creepy stunt mask and contemplating how he's going to kill everyone there, with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tg0jOpr1Uhk this]] playing in the background.
* SpiritualSequel: ''Film/ThePlaceBeyondThePines''
** Both characters were stuntmen who used vehicles as part of their employment, both were taken in and given a job in a low paying mechanic job where they found them selves doing a crooked sideline to make extra cash, [[RyanGosling they were also pretty soft spoken but had an air of understated charisma]], they both ended up in a precarious predicament due to their criminal activity as well as getting angry with their boss/friend.
** ''VideoGame/HotlineMiami'' is a video game spiritual sequel, to the point that the director Creator/NicolasWindingRefn is specially thanked in the credits.
* TheStoic: Driver. Ticking him off results in a very small change in his overall manner. [[spoiler:Destroying a man's face by repeatedly kicking him]] and then walking away like nothing happened qualifies for this trope.
** NotSoStoic: The Driver does become very angry towards Shannon when he accidently tells the bad guys about Irene.
* SunshineNoir: The setting and story are often described as this.
* SurprisinglySuddenDeath: [[spoiler:Standard, Blanche and Shannon]] certainly qualify.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Bernie and Nino.
* TooDumbToLive:
** [[spoiler:Nino]] for his brilliant plan to [[spoiler:try and rob the East Coast mob]] and thinking he could get away with it scot free, and then doubly so with the way he handles the Driver's attempt to give the money back no-strings-attached. This part in particular is what mirrors the "Frog and the Scorpion" parable. Bernie calls him out on his reckless actions that dig both Bernie and himself down in a deeper hole.
** [[spoiler:Blanche]], whose first instinct after a violent, scary chase where [[spoiler:it's made clear she's been betrayed is to call in with her location.]]
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: Most of the TV spots and trailers make it abundantly clear that [[spoiler:Standard]] gets killed without actually saying it. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWX34ShfcsE This]] trailer gives away literally every single plot point in the film in two and a half minutes.
* TranquilFury: The Driver never raises his voice, even when he's breaking your hands or threatening to kick your teeth down your throat.
* UncannyValleyMakeup: Used intentionally on the Driver's stunt double mask.
* UnstoppableRage: Under a quiet demeanor Driver seems to have a lot of anger built up. We get a small glimpse of it after Standard comes home but it really explodes in [[spoiler:the elevator scene]] where Driver seems to release decades worth of rage on the mook who comes after him and won't stop [[spoiler:till the guy's head is just a stain on the floor]].
* UnresolvedSexualTension: The Driver and Irene share a chaste and almost platonic romance before Standard returns home. The tension is finally broken in a very dreamlike kiss late in the film, which [[spoiler:turns out to be their last]].
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight:
** The strippers at Cook's club don't seem particularly fazed by watching their boss get his hand broken with a hammer, the crap royally kicked out of him and forced to swallow a bullet. One of them even helpfully dials the number for his boss for the Driver.
** The Driver in his bloodstained silver satin jacket never triggers a second glance, but considering he is hanging around movie sets in his blood stained jacket, this does make some sense.
* VillainBall: The Driver offers to simply give the money back to [[spoiler:Nino]], no strings attached, but he's such a "belligerent asshole" that he refuses and instead tries to have the Driver killed.
** It does seem marginally appropriate considering the "trust no one" type of legitimate business he [[spoiler:Nino]] is a part of. Better to kill everyone involved than trust that someone is trustworthy.
* WhamEpisode: [[spoiler:Standard]] dies with extreme prejudice at approximately the middle of the movie. After that, multiple {{Gut Punch}}es are thrown in. Beware of lighthearted music.
* WhamLine: The Driver's true colors first come out when a former client tries to chat with him about their crime.
-->'''Driver''': How about this: shut your mouth, or I'll kick your teeth down your throat and shut it for you.
* WouldHitAGirl: The Driver, if you're lying to him.
* WouldntHurtAChild: Paired with DamselInDistress, this trope explains why Driver gets involved in Standard's robbery scheme in the first place, to protect Irene's boy who was given a bullet by the Mook who beat up Standard. In effect, the desire to protect Irene & her child is what drives Driver throughout the film.
* YourCheatingHeart: Surprisingly averted. It's clear that Driver and Irene having feelings for each other but they never act on them before or after her husband returns home. [[spoiler:They kiss once later on but it's brief and after Standard has already been murdered.]]
* YouHaveFailedMe: After Nino finds out a mook failed a robbery, he brutally stabs him in the neck.
* YourHeadAsplode: [[spoiler:Blanche's]] via shotgun. In slow mo, no less.

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