Hood Hornament

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The Dimmsdale Dimmadome's Dimmobile
A pair of cattle horns is mounted on the hood or sometimes the front grille of their vehicle 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.

Your driver may be a Fat, Sweaty Southerner in a White Suit.

Not to be confused with Hood Ornament Hottie.


Examples:

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    Films — Animation 
  • 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.

    Films — 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 convertible.
    • Boss Hogg's Polar Opposite Twin Abraham Lincoln Hogg has a pair of horns on his black Caddy convertible.
    • Boss Hogg's nephew Hughie has a pair of small horns on his white VW Beetle convertible.
  • 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.

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    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 

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