->'''Psmith''': Franchise/SherlockHolmes was right. You may remember that he advised Doctor Watson never to take the first cab, or the second. He should have gone further, and urged him not to take cabs at all. Walking is far healthier.\\
'''[[MiddleManagementMook Mr. Parker]]''': You'll find it so.
-->-- ''[[Literature/{{Psmith}} Psmith, Journalist]]''

Out of all the cabs in all the city, the [[{{Heroes}} Hero]], his [[LoveInterest significant other]], or another important person will invariably get on the one that the villain is driving. If they're particularly alert they might notice they aren't headed to the park ''before'' the villain reveals himself and uses KnockoutGas or locks all the doors from the front of the vehicle. (They never notice ''before'' they enter the car.)

As anyone who lives in a large metropolitan area can attest, cabbies and people looking for a taxi are aggressive and a dime a dozen; so [[GambitRoulette the odds]] of a {{Villain}} or his EvilMinions catching their target without another cab swerving in ahead of them, or having a pushy [[{{Muggles}} fare]] cut in front of the victim, are particularly slim. This is also ignoring the possibility of the intended target biking, busing, taking the subway, metro, getting a friend to pick them up, or just plain walking.

This trope is named for the less common but more iconic scene where the target's personal driver is replaced by the villain, leading to a "You're Not My Driver" quickly followed by a one-liner from the impostor and some knockout gas or a gun to the face. It often comes with the added implication that the poor driver is laying face down in a ditch somewhere. This method is more believable than Taxi-napping a victim, since the target invariably comes to the villain but still slightly odd because nobody ever notices this until ''after'' they're in the car.

This trope is not necessarily limited to taxis and limos either, but also planes, boats, and even ''zeppelins.'' A particularly nasty variation has an ambulance full of apparent paramedics turn up who are actually bad guys there to finish off the survivors.

See also TheTaxi, FridgeLogic, GambitRoulette.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* The heroine in ''TenYoriMoHoshiYoriMo'' falls for one of these. Justified because she only just moved in with a rich family and wouldn't know all their drivers yet. What wasn't justified was why the driver didn't just pop her in the car right there before she caught on.
* In ''Manga/DeathNote'', Mello kidnaps Sayu and demands the Japanese task force hand over the notebook as ransom. The task force members travel to Los Angeles by separate planes, but at Narita Airport Soichiro Yagami is forced to board flight [=SE333=], where TheMafia is waiting for him.
* A benign version occurs in ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'', when Domon inexplicably decides to replace the Russian driver after Argo's loss to Allenby, solely to chat about the match. Argo and Nastasha take it almost completely in stride after the initial moment of surprise.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Huge LampshadeHanging the ''Comicbook/{{Miracleman}}'' story "Spy Story" by NeilGaiman, where a paranoid secret agent goes through the following [[IKnowYouKnowIKnow tortuous logic]]:\\
[-''You never take the first cab that comes along. A rookie knows that. And if a rookie knows that, then the opposition knows that too. Fine. So you never take the second cab that comes along. Which leaves the first cab or the third cab. But you never take the first cab that comes along. Which means it's the third cab. [[IKnowYouKnowIKnow But they'll have thought of that]], so you ignore the first three cabs. Which is just what they'll be expecting you to do, so they'll have their man in the fourth cab. Which means... Which means...''-]\\
She then gives up and takes the first cab that comes along. It's driven by another spy, of course, but then [[spoiler:so are all the cabs in the city]].
* In an issue of ''SuicideSquad'', Comicbook/BlackOrchid impersonated bad guy William Heller's chauffeur. She does it not to kidnap him, however, but so she can eavesdrop on conversations between him and his advisers. She let the real driver out of the trunk after completing her mission, and hypnotised him into keeping quiet about having been kidnapped and replaced.
* ''{{Tintin}} In America'' has our hero get into a cab driven by one of the gangsters he's after. He escapes and gets into a police car, but that one is smashed by accomplices in a muscle car.
** Later, he calls the police after another assassination attempt, but his phone line is hijacked and the police car turns out also driven by gangsters.
* {{Wolverine}} pulled this on a cocky young mob boss who threatened to kill a little girl and her father if Wolverine didn't kill a witness under Federal protection for him (obviously Wolverine didn't go through with it). When the mob boss went for the hidden gun in his limo Wolverine just told him not to embarrass himself. Fredo, realizing he has absolutely no chance of overpowering Wolverine, relents.
* Variant occurs in the ''Comicbook/{{Catwoman}}'' tie-in to ''[[ComicBook/BatmanNoMansLand No Man's Land]]''. Selina hijacks a military helicopter after [[MuggedForDisguise replacing one of the pilots]], and her copilot doesn't realize this until she removes her helmet.
* Franchise/{{Batman}} once impersonated the limo driver of a woman who nearly got away with two murders by playing on the Riddler's ego. She only noticed something was amiss when she realized the limo wasn't going to the airport. (''Detective Comics'' #822)
** He does this again in ''SupermanRedSon''.
* An issue of ''GreenArrow'' featured a scene where the female vigilante Thorn used a taxi cab in order to stalk a criminal she was planing to kidnap. The real driver is shown tied up in the back seat with his mouth taped shut, apparently having been knocked out by Thorn.
* The villain [[EverythingsBetterWithSpinning Whirlwind]] did this one time to TheWasp, who he had a long-standing VillainousCrush on (he'd once been her actual limo driver years earlier). Unfortunately, he decided to reveal himself immediately, while they were still parked in front of Avengers' Mansion, a building renowned for being full of superheroes. His fellow Masters of Evil coming to the rescue isn't enough to stop the asskicking that follows.
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[[folder:Film]]
* In ''Film/SpiderMan3'', Eddie Brock kidnaps Mary Jane this way.
* In ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom'', the plane Indy, Short Round, and Willie board to escape Shanghai mobster Lao Che is ''owned'' by Lao Che, so he promptly signals the pilots to parachute out and let the plane crash.
* ''Film/JamesBond''
** Subverted by Bond in ''Film/DrNo'', where a villain claims the embassy sent him. Bond covertly phones the embassy to find out the truth, and properly deals with the villain.
** However, in the later Roger Moore Bond film ''Film/LiveAndLetDie'', Bond falls for this trick (in a taxi this time), though pretty much everyone in the city is in the pay of the BigBad. Then he falls for it ''again'', with the ''same driver''.
** The Creator/RogerMoore Bond has also had Blofeld send a phony helicopter to pick him up at the opening of ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly''. Blofeld then kills the pilot and takes radio control so he can finish 007 off personally. Well, ''try'' to anyway.
** Bond pulls this trick on M in ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'' when he abducts her for her own safety after the attack on Westminster.
** Variation in ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'', one of the mobsters that opts out of participating in the climactic big heist thinks Goldfinger's chauffeur is taking him to the airport. He realizes too late that he's actually being taken to a [[PreMortemOneLiner "pressing engagement"]] with a scrapyard car crusher.
* Poked fun at in ''Film/WhatsUpTigerLily'', a GagDub of a Japanese spy movie. The main characters walk into a random cab and promptly tell the driver they want to be kidnapped. He of course, obliges, seeing as how this was a NotMyDriver scene in the original dub of the movie.
* 1998's ''Film/{{Godzilla|1998}}'' featured a Taxi-napping of Matthew Broderick by Jean Reno.
** Subverted in that he's actually the good guy.
* A slight variation from ''{{Anastasia}}'', where Dmitri takes over for the Dowager Empress's driver, forcing her to see Anya. The variation here is that Dmitri is the ''hero'', and simply trying to make amends for his earlier deception. The StockPhrase is also inverted: Instead of the Dowager saying the phrase, Dmitri turns around and says "I'm ''not'' [your driver]!"
* The first act of ''RequiemForADream'' ends with Marlon Wayans making a deal with some black drug kingpins. The partition slides down and Wayans marvels that they have a white driver, only for bullets to start flying; the driver was a hitman for an Italian cartel.
* In ''Film/XMen1'', Mystique and Toad kidnap Senator Kelly by piloting his helicopter to Magneto's island. Somewhat justified: as Mystique can shapeshift to look like anyone at all, she murders and impersonates the senator's real staff.
* Japanese tokusatsu example: in ''Film/KamenRiderTheFirst'', the Shocker operative Spider poses as a cabdriver for the explicit purpose of finding his victims and, when necessary, taking them somewhere secluded to dispose of them.
* The classic British gangster film ''TheLongGoodFriday'' ends with the main character and his mistress entering a dummy vehicle and being 'taken for a ride' by his enemies.
* Played Straight in ''Film/TheGame'', when Nicholas finds out that the cab he gets on the street is owned by CRS.
* An example of the hero (or should I say VillainProtagonist) using this technique occurs in ''Film/{{Assassins}}'' (1995). Robert Rath, having lost track of rival contract killer Miguel Bain, steals a cab and, upon hearing a radio call about a [[BadHabits priest]] in the area Bain was last seen asking to be taken to the airport, realizes that's his man. Rath intends to shoot Bain when he gets out of the car (as there's a sheet of bulletproof glass between them) but at the last minute Bain sees the driver's ID card is missing and realizes who Rath is, leading to GunpointBanter through the glass.
* Another heroic example occurs in ''Film/UndercoverBlues'', where Jeff Blue stops a bank robbery in progress by booby-trapping their getaway minivan and replacing their getaway driver with himself. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] when he says, "No one ever looks at the driver."
* In ''Film/{{Scrooged}}'', the Ghost of Christmas Past is a taxi driver. He solves the "aggressive real taxi cutting in" problem by [[DrivesLikeCrazy aggressively cutting in himself]]. Crunch.
* In ''Film/OneOfOurDinosaursIsMissing'', Lord Southmere is kidnapped by the Chinese. He realizes what's happened, but can't do anything about it because they're being followed by another car full of the driver's colleagues.
* In ''Film/UndercoverBrother'', Mr. Feather kidnaps James Brown using this technique. [[spoiler: "James Brown" is actually Undercover Brother wearing a LatexPerfection mask.]]
* Parodied in ''Film/TheThirdMan''.
* Done in ''Film/DeathToSmoochy''. This time, the passenger does not realize who he is (not until ''much'' later in the film), even though the driver's dialogue is incredibly {{Subtext}}-filled.
* In ''Film/LifeIsBeautiful'' the protagonist does this to try to win the heart of the woman he loves.
* In ''Film/TheArtOfWar'', [[spoiler:this happens at the end with the film's BigBad, after the main character informs the Chinese that she had their ambassador assassinated. She realizes they're not going to the airport right before the "driver" turns around and shoots her]].
* In ''Film/TheWholeNineYards'', Oz plans to take Jimmy to a museum in order to ensure the latter doesn't try to kill him, while the women go to the bank. He hails a cab that is waiting across the street. On the way, Jimmy lets him know they're not going to the museum, at which point the driver window is opened, revealing Frankie Figgs.
* In ''Film/{{Eraser}}'', the {{Big Bad}}s are leaving the courthouse in a limo, talking about the apparent deaths of the protagonists, only to realize that neither of them is responsible for the car bomb. They suddenly stop at train tracks, and the doors lock. The driver runs away, revealing him to be Johnny, a friend of Kruger's. They then get a call from Kruger, who faked his and the girl's deaths. After saying his catch-phrase ("You've just been erased."), he watches as they "catch a train".
* In ''Film/{{Red}}'', the [[spoiler:Vice-President and his Secret Service guards get in a limo marked with the Presidential seal]] while under fire. Cooper tries to warn them, but they don't listen as they think he just wants to escape with them in the armoured limo. Then one guard is knocked out when the limo stops abruptly, and the other is tazered by the driver, who is Moses. The [[spoiler:VP]] then gets the same treatment.
* In the first dream level of ''{{Inception}}'' the protagonists kidnap Fischer this way. Possibly justified in that they designed the place, so they could make sure theirs was the only cab available.
* As listed under {{Literature}}, this is how the bad guy in ''Film/TheBoneCollector'' catches his victims.
* The ambulance variant is used to kidnap Scully in ''Film/TheXFilesFightTheFuture''.
* Inverted in ''Film/{{Collateral}}'', in which the protagonist is a cab driver whose cab gets hijacked by a hitman.
* The assassination attempt on Colonel Kudasov in ''Film/TheElusiveAvengers: Crown of the Russian Empire'' combines this and DangerTakesABackseat. First, Kudasov boards a taxi driven by an agent of Monsieur Duc, then the taxi stops briefly and two more agents board the backseat.
* PlayedForLaughs at the end of ''Film/{{Bullshot}}'', where the audience is shown a montage of photographs of TheHero getting married to his LoveInterest. The final photograph reveals the villain is disguised as their chauffeur. [[AndTheAdventureContinues But that is another tale...]]
* In ''ComicStrip/DickTracy vs. Cueball'', Tess gets into a taxi that's being driven by Cueball.
* In the 2000 movie of ''Hamlet'' (starring Ethan Hawke), the scene where Hamlet intends to kill his uncle Claudius is played this way--Hamlet replaces the chauffeur. Claudius gives his Ignored Epiphany soliloquy in the backseat of his limo.
* In Berry Gordy's ''Film/TheLastDragon'', Arkadian's thugs try to kidnap Laura Charles this way (the first time), before Leroy steps in and beats them to a pulp.
* A heroic version is ''Film/ResidentEvilApocalypse''. When the heroes start winning, Major Cain runs into his helicopter and orders the pilot to take off. When the pilot doesn't respond, Cain angrily confronts him, only to find LJ at the controls instead. LJ then punches him out.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Miles [[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Vorkosigan]] is nearly kidnapped in this manner in the ''[[LoisMcMasterBujold Barrayar]]'' series. He avoids it because he is a professional paranoid. (Then again, since paranoia is defined as the ''irrational'' fear that they're out to get you, perhaps 'paranoid' is the wrong word.)
* Generally a common trope in spy novels. In ''Sky Masters'' by DaleBrown, the US Ambassador to ASEAN gets a message from a Filipino politician this way.
* In OrsonScottCard's ''[[Literature/EndersGame Shadow Puppets]]'', Bean and Petra, currently on the run from Achilles, are going to take separate cabs to the airport, to different locations. Bean is suspicious of the first two cabs in line, so he puts Petra into the third cab. He then gets into the first cab himself, and barely avoids being killed by the driver, one of Achilles' agents. After escaping, he learns that Petra's driver is an agent for one of their allies.
** Earlier, in ''Shadow Of The Hegemon'', Petra is rescued from Achilles by a well-meaning bunch of men who don't believe her when she argues that it is probable that Achilles is driving their getaway car as they speak. As soon as she starts to convince them, Achilles, who was in fact driving just as Petra guessed, opens the division and kills all her rescuers.
* In ''Literature/ThePuppetMasters'', the protagonist spent a little time being controlled by one of the aliens. His old boss recaptured and freed him using this tactic. Although the boss is acting as a fellow passenger rather than the driver.
* In the Literature/{{Discworld}} novel ''Discworld/MakingMoney'', LoveableRogue Moist von Lipwig, despite knowing he has powerful enemies, gets into the first hansom cab that comes along, only to jump out the opposite door running like hell when it turns out to be a HoneyTrap. [[ThoseTwoGuys Colon and Nobby]] are nearby to comment on his uncharacteristic GenreBlindness. Similarly, earlier in the book, he got into an unmarked black coach, on the assumption it was the Patrician's. It wasn't.
* In Michael Almereyda's 2000 version of ''{{Hamlet}},'' set in corporate Manhattan, Hamlet takes the place of Claudius's chauffeur, intending to kill him. Claudius does his soliloquy about not being able to pray, so Hamlet decides not to kill him.
* In Jeffrey Deaver's ''Literature/TheBoneCollector'' the killer catches exactly the two people he wants dead in his cab, where the doors in the back seat won't open from the inside.
* In Creator/CharlesStross' ''Literature/HaltingState'', most of the cabs in 2017 are driven by remote control from call centres. The bad guys hack into the system to take control of the cab the main characters are in and crash it.
* Inverted in the first AbleTeam novel (a Mack Bolan/Executioner spin-off) when the team is tracking a suspect in New York City with the help of federal agents. When he jumps into a cab Lyons shouts for them to get the cab's number, only to be told not to worry -- the suspect has accidentally flagged down a fed disguised as a cabbie.
* Justified in ''[[Literature/GodsDebris The Religion War]]'' by Scott Adams, where the protagonist's extraordinary pattern spotting abilities enable him to deliberately [[spoiler:choose the one cab driver who is actually a terrorist]]
* In ''The Menacers'' by Donald Hamilton, government assassin and protagonist Matt Helm and a Girl Who Knows Too Much get into a cab, only for the cab driver to reveal himself as a known KGB agent and the knockout gas jets to start hissing. And then massively subverted when Helm goes "My orders are to kill her rather than let the enemy get what she knows... but who the hell actually uses something as melodramatic and uncertain as knockout gas jets instead of just shooting me? They ''want'' me to have enough time to kill her before I pass out. Why?" It turns out that the KGB had set up the aforementioned girl as a patsy in the first place, and what they really wanted was an American agent caught red-handed murdering an apparently innocent woman in a foreign country. Unfortunately for them, Helm didn't fall for it.
* Played with in ''Literature/ArtemisFowl: The Arctic Incident''. In this case, it actually ''was'' the driver; he had simply been brainwashed, and Artemis saw through the whole trick right away. To no avail.
* In ''RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'', one of [[HumiliationConga Meng Huo's captures]] is a result of one of these, with a boat captain instead of a driver.
* In ''Literature/ThePendragonAdventure'', this happens ''so many times'' to the protagonists (in various forms), that at one point a character hails a cab, opens the driver door, grabs the cabbie, and says "Does this guy look familiar to anyone?"
* In Book 2 of ''TheBartimaeusTrilogy'', the chauffeur Bartimaeus had spent several pages mentioning as particularly stolid and a pillar of the British work ethic turns out to be [[spoiler:covering the presence of a homicidal [[DemBones possessed skeleton]], who [[NotQuiteDead promptly resumes]] wreaking havoc.]]
* Invoked in Clive Cussler's [[NUMASeries Vixen 03]]- an intelligence agent is told to catch a taxi to meet his contact, so he goes to hail the first one he sees when another taxi cuts in. He climbs in anyway, where it is revealed his contact is driving. The agent is then chewed out for bad fieldcraft (by trying to catch the first taxi he saw, which could have been a trap).
* In ''Quiller's Run'' by [[Creator/EllestonTrevor Adam Hall]], Literature/{{Quiller}} gets picked up by a limo outside the embassy where he's just been briefed on his target (who has already disposed of two other agents sent to kill her) and barely escapes the subsequent ambush. He later lambasts himself for being so incredibly stupid as to fall for that trick.
* A nasty example in Creator/NeilGaiman's short story collection ''Fragile Things'', featuring Smith and [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Mr]] [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney Alice]], to dispose of an academic who [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness knows too much]]. ''A black cab came around the corner, its light on this time. I waved it down, and helped Professor Macleod into the back. It was one of our Particular Cabs. The kind you get into and you donít get out of.''
* The Literature/{{Rebus}} novel ''Hyde and Seek'', by Ian Rankin has a witness kidnapped by a fake ambulance.
* Simon Darcourt was not the driver of a number of people throughout ''Literature/ASnowballInHell''
* This happens at the end of the first ''Literature/AlexRider'' book. Having stopped Herod Sayle and recieved exactly no reward from the people who blackmailed him into doing it, Alex walks out of MI6's secret HQ and into the first cab he sees. The driver? Herod Sayle. [[spoiler: Alex only survives thanks to the guy's chief assassin turning on him.]]
* In ''[[Literature/{{Dragaera}} Tiassa]]'' by Creator/StevenBrust, Cawti and Norathar take elaborate precautions to avoid having this happen, randomly choosing to get in the seventh coach in line based on the exact time.
* This is the entire plan of the SympatheticMurderer in the first Literature/SherlockHolmes story, "A Study In Scarlet". He became a cabby so he could subtly follow his [[AssholeVictim Asshole Victims]] around London in hopes of getting one of them alone. It ultimately works, though it seems rather far-fetched for all the reasons listed above; the ''one time'' his targets split up, one of them gets drunk and manages to take the murderer's cab.
** A GenreSavvy Holmes ensures Watson does not fall victim to this trope in "The Final Problem". He even ensures that a driver (this one he arranged for) that Watson ultimately ended up with was Holmes's brother Mycroft.
-->In the morning you will send for a hansom, desiring your man to take neither the first nor the second which may present itself.
* In one of Literature/TheSaint short stories, two robbers run out of the jewellery store they have just robbed and jump into the back seat of the waiting getaway car. Only after the car pulls away do they notice that the driver if not the man they had left in the car but actually Simon Templar. He sprays them in the face with an ammonia filled water pistol and steals their loot.
* In the Creator/AgathaChristie novel ''Literature/CatAmongThePigeons'', Princess Shaista, a student at Meadowbrook School, gets into a car to meet her uncle in London and never arrives. [[spoiler: This is a subversion, though, because it actually ''was'' her driver. "Shaista" was an impostor, and the car had come to help her disappear before she met anyone who knew the real Princess, making it look like a kidnapping.]]
* In ''Literature/LittleGreenMen'', John O. Banion is in Palm Springs to make a speech, and is on the way to his hotel when he suffers AlienAbduction for the second time. He doesn't suspect that the driver (whom he saw on the operating table beside him) was part of the conspiracy that stages the abductions, though he does get annoyed that the car was a luxury sedan rather than the stretch limo clearly specified in his contract. The reason for this is that a helicopter couldn't lift a stretch limo into the air.
* [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain Kirtan Loor]] is kidnapped by [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Fliry Vorru]] in exactly this manner in ''[[XWingSeries The Krytos Trap]]''. An uncommon example of a villain doing this to another villain.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' did this in the episode "The Runaway Bride" (the second ChristmasSpecial of the new series). The Bride of the title gets kidnapped in this way by one of the killer Santa Clauses, who is driving a taxi.
** Before in ''Terror of the Autons'' the Doctor and Jo are about to be lynched by carnies then the police turn up. As there are only two constables to contend with the crowd of carnies, the sensible course was to rescue the Doctor and Jo by taking the pair into protective custody. The Doctor notes it is unusual that the Brigadier has used his head for once and the constables aren't very talkative, [[spoiler:the pair turn out to be the killer shop window dummies of the title.]] Another old school case is the killer limousine driver who picks the Doctor up in ''The Seeds of Doom''.
* In ''Series/{{Torchwood}}: Children of Earth'' Gwen gets picked up after the Hub bombing by ambulance paramedics who turn out to be [=MI5=] assassins out to finish her off.
* In ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]'' season one, Jack kidnaps Ted Cofell, by taking the place of his personal driver. He then does it again to "Alan York" (really Kevin Caroll), who gets in the car with Ted Cofell (who Jack had killed).
* Inverted on ''Series/{{Heroes}}''. Mohinder Suresh, one of the protagonists, funds his research into finding super powered people by driving a cab. Bennet, TheDragon and the series' MagnificentBastard, attempts to ambush Suresh by posing as a fare. Ironically, Suresh also taxis Peter without ever knowing he's one of the people he's looking for.
** Additionally, Sylar kills Mohinder's father, Chandra, in his own taxi.
*** In the Season 3 Finale, neither the driver nor the car's owner were actually who they were supposed to be.
** The Suresh taxi seemed to have some sort of magical gravity: any time any main character ever needed to go anywhere in New York, they'd end up in Suresh's taxi.
* At the end of the audition tape that concluded Creator/StephenColbert's White House Correspondents Association speech, Colbert has successfully outrun Helen Thomas and fled Washington for New York. He steps off the plane, breathes a sigh of relief and gets into his car - to find Thomas in the driver's seat. [[BigNo His reaction is predictable]].
* Somewhat subverted in the ''Series/{{House}}'' episode "Living the Dream", when House kidnaps his favorite soap star because he believes that he has a life-threatening illness (or is just bored, we're never 100% sure).
* Beautifully subverted in series 2 episode 9 of ''Series/{{Life}}'', where Charlie tries to kidnap one of the people involved in his imprisonment. "You misunderstand me, this isn't a kidnapping. This, detective, is a kidnapping".
* In one episode of ''Series/ForeverKnight'', a man kidnaps a rich society lady and her daughter by killing their chauffeur and taking the driver's seat while the two women are out shopping.
* ''{{NCIS}}''. In "Reveille" a motorcycle-riding Ari pulls up alongside Kate on the street, then zooms off, knowing she'll [[FlashedBadgeHijack commandeer the first car she sees]] to chase him. Unfortunately it's full of Ari's mooks.
* This trope pops up occasionally on ''{{Smallville}}''.
* The episode of ''Series/MissionImpossible'' "The Killer" (or at least, its remake) involved taking the villain to a bugged hotel. However, they didn't know in advance which hotel he would want to go to, so the first ''two'' cabs of the airport were crewed by IMF agents. The second cab slowly[[note]]They purposely put obstacles on the road to buy time[[/note]] takes him to the [[TheLittleShopThatWasntThereYesterday the hotel that wasn't there yesterday]] while said hotel gets puts the name the baddie chose ("The Raeburn Hotel") on its front porch (and [[SigilSpam everything else]]).
* Done in the original ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Classic}}'' to trick Baltar into releasing the hostages. Though, to be fair, they had to do this, as Baltar demanded his centurions, who were already disassembled. They manage to rebuild them, but they can't do anything well. As soon as he releases the hostages, he orders the centurions to launch. The pilot says "By your command" and punches through the controls. The colonials then surround Baltar and take him prisoner again.
* In ''Series/TheSandbaggers'', this happens to Wellingham on a routine visit to Brussels; he's suspicious when his regular driver doesn't show, but gets in his limo when the new driver shows him a set of proper NATO-issued credentials. [[spoiler:Since the kidnapping turns out to have been masterminded by the West German government as part of a BatmanGambit to arrest a terrorist cell outside their proper jurisdiction, the credentials are probably even real...]]
* Attempted in ''Series/TrueBlood'', where the imposter soon discovers why it's a dumb idea to try to deceive a telepath.
* For an episode of Derren Brown's ''Series/{{Trick or Treat}}'' series, he began by having an eerily silent taxi driver take his victim past his destination to a dark alleyway where a bunch of actors in hoodies surrounded the cab. [[YouJustRuinedTheShot By this point the guy was on the phone to the police.]]
* The MO of the "Cabbie Killer" in ''Series/CSINewYork''.
* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}''
** This happens to the title character in the series two finale. After getting in the first cab he sees, he's treated to a video of Moriarty explaining his plan like something out of a kid's fairy-tale. He gets out of the cab, runs to the driver's window - and sees Moriarty, who quips "No charge" and drives off.
*** Made especially glaring, because the series started with an adaptation of "A Study in Scarlet": Sherlock really had a good reason to pay specific attention to cabbies. Then again, Moriarty is portrayed as ''just that good'' at foiling Sherlock...
** A heroic variant, which could be called "Not My Executioner" at the end of "A Scandal in Belgravia", after Mycroft informs Watson that Irene Adler has been captured and beheaded by a terrorist cell in Pakistan. In order to spare Sherlock, Watson tells him that Irene is in witness protection in the US. Holmes then sees the last text message sent to him by Irene, and we see a flashback to her execution. She's on her knees in a burqa, typing out the message before her phone is taken away. An executioner walks up with a sword... and she hears the ringtone for herself that she has put on Sherlock's phone (a woman moaning). The next words from the executioner are "Run when I tell you".
* Non-villainous variation on ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'', although Dorothy kind of thinks he's kidnapping her at first. Her ex-husband Stan rented a limo and replaced the hired driver so he could take her to the church on her wedding day as his gift. She got annoyed for a while, then settled down for the most part.
* Jarod, the titular character from ''Series/ThePretender'', employs someone to replace a corrupt lawyer's limo driver to get him out of the way so he can track down evidence to bring down a killer and free an innocent man who was framed for the killing. Jarod also does this himself, replacing one of the regular villains' (Mr. Lyle) limo driver so as to kidnap him and get information out of him regarding a mass murderer who had escaped justice and was trying to find asylum in the U.S.
* 1960's ''Series/{{Batman}}'' episode "An Egg Grows in Gotham". When millionaire Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson take a limousine to the ceremony, they discover that the supervillain Egghead has taken the place of the driver. He triggers a gas release that renders them unconscious.
* In an episode of ''PersonOfInterest'', John does this to save the POI of the week, a sailor on shore leave that has been jumped by a couple dirty Marine Force Recon. When they put him in the trunk of the car, John, having replaced the member who stole the car a few minutes earlier, drives off before the others can get in the car.
* ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'': In "You're Going To Miss Me When I'm Gone", the VictimOfTheWeek is murdered by a someone posing as their driver who stops the car on a deserted access road.
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* Inverted in Stan Ridgway's "Drive, She Said": a genuine taxi driver picks up a beautiful female fare, who promptly pulls a gun on him and turns out to have just robbed a bank.
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* In the "It's a Wonderful Crisis" arc in ''ComicStrip/{{Alex}}'', Alex notices that his car isn't being driven by his usual driver. The driver turns out to be the Devil who has brought the car into the perfect place for Alex to be killed by Clive jumping off the roof of the bank.
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* [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} The Undertaker]], in full [[DarkerAndEdgier satanic cult leader mode]] pulled this one on (then) PuritySue StephanieMcMahon as part of his nefarious "marry the owner's daughter in a dark wedding so I can [[TakeOverTheWorld take over the company]]" scheme.
** Minor meme that simply must be invoked: "[[LargeHam WHERE TO, STEPHANIE?]]"
*** [[FleetingDemographicRule It was recently redone]], except the target was Theodore Long, who had been involved in a reenactment of the MontrealScrewjob (with the Undertaker being the one who got screwed over). [[{{Narm}} "Buckle up, Teddy..."]]
** It was also done in 2001 to TripleH and StoneColdSteveAustin when he hijacked an ambulance taking Austin to the hospital ([[CrowningMomentOfFunny "HELLO, BOYS!!!"]]). What is it with TheUndertaker and this trope, anyway?
* EddieGuerrero once pulled this on [[JohnBradshawLayfield JBL]] during his Characters/BugsBunny phase.
-->'''JBL''': Driver, take me back to New York City!
-->'''Eddie''': ''(a la the Pace Chunky Salsa ads)'' New York City?!? ''(turns around for TheReveal)'' We aren't going to New York City... but we ''are'' going for a ride! And I promise you it'll be better than Disneyland!
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* In the ''Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue'' {{Mockumentary}} ''In Search Of Mornington Crescent'', Barry gets abducted by sinister forces while taking a cab to Elephant and Castle in a game of "live" Mornington Crescent.
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* The original ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' did this at least once. In one of the missions, you use a stolen ambulance to kidnap the District Attorney from the hospital.
** In ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII'', you are tasked with following a taxi cab that your mark gets into. You can't get too close, or he freaks out. You can avoid this by stealing your own cab and pulling next to the mark ahead of time.
** It is used again in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'', where the main character has to imitate the chauffeur of a recording artist's manager, in order to kill him by driving into the sea.
** And twice more in ''LibertyCityStories'': once with you pretending to be a union boss's chauffeur, and then an inversion of the series' norm when the Sindaccos kidnap Maria this way.
* One of the missions against the Vice Kings in ''SaintsRow'' involves the player taking the place of their brothel mistress's limousine driver, and then driving her around town (and away from a Saints ambush) before she'll lead you to her home, where one of your friends is being held hostage.
** Done three times in the optional assassination missions in ''Saints Row: The Third''. One of the targets is a Morningstar lieutenant who will only come out if you pull up in a limo and pretend to be his chauffeur. Then, after the contact who gave you that target betrays you, you get revenge through another anonymous contact putting a hit out on him, telling you to lure him out by landing on his roof with a helicopter to pick him up. Much later, you get a target who [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident must be killed in a way that doesn't draw attention to the Saints]], so you have to pick her up in a jet which apparently has explosives planted in it, fly it high enough above the city, and then jump out so it can explode and kill her.
* A trailer for ''VideoGame/{{Hitman}}: Contracts'' featured this. A rich businessman has discovered that he is about to be assassinated by 47 and promptly escapes the apartment building he's in, taking flight in a limo that's waiting outside. When the driver is told to start driving, he lowers the divider window to reveal the barcode tattoo.
--> '''Businessman''': ''Oh, sh-*silenced gunshot* ''
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* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius''' Gil Wulfenbach, at one point, manages to fend off an army of deadly clanks, on his own, with the help of a weapon that may or may not have been useless junk and a very, very good poker face. Afterwards, he nearly collapses, mostly from relief, (and from multiple bullet wounds) and a few Jagermonsters arrive just in time to prop him up and steer him off the battlefield. They have a conversation that goes on for a good five minutes before Gil's powers of observation kick in.
-->'''Gil:''' Wait, you're... not Wulfenbach Jagers.
-->'''Jager:''' Nope.
-->'''Gil:''' Ah. Are you kidnapping me?
** Turns out that the answer is, "kind of."
* In ''KevinAndKell'', after some time in which Kell comes home too late to spend any time with Kevin, she gets in her car to be driven to work, but finds that [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Kevin has given her driver Wally the day off, enabling him to be with her]].
** Years later, Dip finds himself in this situation. Fortunately, he has backup.
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* ''Literature/AssociatedSpace'' has Fatebane and David trying to escape a planet by hiring a space freighter captain to pick them up in mid-flight from a suborbital shuttle. They shouldn't have put the job of rescuing them out to bid online, since the guy who accepted their offer turned out to be the detective chasing them.
* [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/ecceperago "Ecce Perago"]], a story in the Wiki/SCPFoundation universe, has a high-ranking Foundation official enter her car only to find out that her driver has been sneakily replaced by Dr. Gerald. Who is a generally nice person... but [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-666-j every time he sits behind a wheel, he inevitably somehow causes a horrible accident and kills all passengers.]]
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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' has this, where the Joker impersonates the helicopter pilot of Cameron Kaiser, a one-shot character, to try and kill him.
** Also, in the animated [[TheMovie Batman/Superman crossover movie]], Lex Luthor's usual driver (Mercy Graves) is waylaid and impersonated by Harley Quinn, so the Joker can meet with him.
*** The comic adaptation adds in a bit of dialogue humorously implying that the real Mercy was taped up in the trunk the entire time.
** Also happens to Bruce and Summer Gleason in "Night of the Ninja," where they wind up getting in a cab driven by Kyodai Ken, an old rival of Bruce's who wants revenge for Wayne exposing him as a thief back when they trained under the same master.
* Also showed up in ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', with Lana getting into a car she ''thinks'' is being driven by Luthor's usual assistant... "Sorry. No Mercy tonight."
* This also happens in ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', with the hero of the episode, The Question, posing as a cabbie in order to interrogate a mid-level mook. In a nice touch, a shot from the back seat includes a small photo of the driver, so that eagle-eyed viewers can see that the guy up front really is [[NotMyDriver not his driver]].
* In the LooneyTunes cartoon "WesternAnimation/BaseballBugs", the dirty Gas House Gorillas need a home run to win the game. The batter knocks Bugs' first pitch clear out of the park. Bugs flags down a cab, telling the driver to "[[FollowThatCar follow that ball!]]", but the cab screams off in the wrong direction. It's being driven by one of the Gorilla's players, and according to the posted driver credentials, it really ''IS'' his cab. In ''The Unmentionables'', special-agent Bugs is taxi-napped by Rocky's gang in this way as he ''leaves FBI headquarters''.
* Used a good number of times by Nick Fury in ''SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries''. The cab would then turn into a hovercraft and fly back to base.
* Dimitri abducts the dowager empress this way in ''{{Anastasia}}'' and actually points out to her that he's done so.
-->[Dmitri DrivesLikeCrazy]
-->'''Dowager:''' Ilya! Slow down!
-->'''Dmitri:''' I'm ''not'' Ilya. And I won't slow down, not until you listen. [He's looking over his shoulderas he says this, too.]
* In ''WesternAnimation/SwatKats'', Mac Mange does this to kidnap Mayor Manx and Ms. Briggs. He gives himself away instantly due to his [[RunningGag crummy driving]].
* A comedic variant was used in ''XMenEvolution'': Kitty has just gotten her learner's permit and is eager to drive. Throughout the episode, Professor X obliges several different X-Men (Jean, Scott, Storm, and Wolverine) to take her driving--with near disastrous results (she prefers to use [[IntangibleMan her powers]] to drive straight through obstacles, rather than, you know, ''avoid them''). At the end of the episode, Professor X asks "Logan" to drive back to the mansion, only to discover Kitty in the driver's seat.
** This is also a BrickJoke: Wolverine told Xavier that he would get back at him for making him to take Kitty driving.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers''. Not only does Dr. Venture not notice his driver is the 8-foot gray-skinned guy with a metal jaw we went to college with, but he [[FailedASpotCheck doesn't even notice]] when Phantom Limb begins gloating about the kidnapping over television screen (he's too busy listening to his Walkman). Fortunately for Dr. Venture, they put the knockout gas in the ''front'' seat.
** Later in the same episode, Dr. Venture gets into the same cab with the same poorly disguised driver - and no, he still doesn't notice.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Homer and Bart are specifically told not to go into unlicensed cabs in Brazil, advice which they of course ignore. They end up with not a normal cab driver, but a kidnapper.
--> '''Driver''': My American friend, I'm afraid this is a kidnapping.
--> '''Homer''': So that means I don't have to pay the fare?
--> '''Driver''': Well, I suppose -
--> '''Homer''': Woo-hoo!
--> '''Driver''': I'm afraid you don't appreciate the seriousness of the situation.
--> '''Homer''': Fine, take me, but please let the boy go.
--> '''Driver''': I'm afraid he's already gone.
--> '''Homer''': (turns to see Bart walking off) D'oh!
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', and lampshaded by a speech in which the real driver demonstrates how easily he gets knocked out.
* {{Filmation}} ''TheNewAdventuresOfSuperman'' episode "Luthor Strikes Again". After Jimmy Olsen gets into a cab, steel plates slide up covering the windows, trapping him inside. It turns out to be a trap set by Lex Luthor.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Detentionaire}}'', Lee gets in a taxi that's supposed to take him to the airport which actually has a [[MechaMook Hazmat]] for a driver. Luckily, he's perceptive enough to notice when the car takes a wrong turn and just barely manages to escape.
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* This tactic was used, unsuccessfully, by the Gotti crime family to do away with radio host, founder of the Guardian Angels and witness in a then-upcoming murder trial Curtis Sliwa. He was badly wounded, but managed to escape the specially-rigged taxi cab.
* This is a very real danger to hitchhikers in certain more crime-ridden regions of the world. You can be picked up by a robber, rapist or kidnapper.
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