Real Vehicle Reveal
Someone poses with or appears to be riding in a good-looking vehicle. A shift of view, and it's revealed they drive something MUCH less glamourous — The Alleged Car and bicycles are common. A variation is for them to be indeed riding said good-looking vehicle, but not actually in it. See Not This One, That One if it's the character being fooled as well as, or instead of, the audience about which vehicle they're going to take.
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- This happens lots of times in the Spanish comics Mortadelo y Filemón: for example, in the albums "Valor y al toro", "Contra el Gang del Chicharrón", "Los verdes", "La maldición gitana", to name just a few.
- Occurs in a comic book short for The Muppets. The crew stare at a huge ocean liner in awe, only for Kermit to reveal that the actual boat is on the other side of the dock, looking for all the world like an Alleged Boat.
Film - Live Action
- In one Harold Lloyd film, Harold is seen relaxing in the back of a rather luxurious car. Then he shifts position, the car pulls away, and it's revealed he's riding a bicycle.
- In one short of The Three Stooges, the stooges walk into a parking garage and we see a fancy 1930's car roll out. A few seconds later, the stooges emerge with Moe driving a motorized scooter with wagons attached to the back for Larry and Curly.
- Happens at the beginning of Peter Jackson's King Kong (2005) remake. Ann gets out of her taxi and stares at an ocean liner, only for Denhan to direct her attention to the Venture, a smaller and much less impressive boat on the other side of the dock.
- The Goodies: One of the early episodes has them leave their office and move behind a Rolls Royce, looking as if they are about to get in it. They then emerge from behind the Rolls riding their "trandem" bike.
- The Benny Hill Show: In a filmed sketch about the National Health Service, Benny is a private patient while another lower-class looking person is going through the public way. At the end of the sketch Benny is seen perched in a late model convertible; the lower class guy is then seen getting in the car and driving away, revealing that Benny is sitting on a bicycle.
- At the end of another sketch, which has Benny playing a famous rock star, it seems he in a car with happy people with champagne and beautiful women, and it pulls away, and a lonely Benny rides home on his bicycle.
- Better Call Saul: After Jimmy's case in "Uno", he is seen walking in the courthouse parking lot towards a white Cadillac Sedan de Ville similar to his car from Breaking Bad. The camera then pans to him getting into his actual car: a beat-up Suzuki Esteem.
- Top Gear did this during the original Amphibious Vehicle challenge. James May was having boatloads of trouble with his convertible sailboat car constantly breaking down. However after a while he appeared to have fixed it, commenting that "the ride has improved, the wind's in my hair and the top speed is brilliant!". Cut to a wider view showing him in the car as it rides on the back of an AA lorry.
- Another example occurred during the Romanian road trip. The three hosts were to test high-end luxury sedans for the Romanian Mafia, only Bentley pulled out in providing the Mulzanne due to the association, leaving Jeremy without a car. Luckily he said he had made some "alternative arrangements", which turned out to be a Yugo. In one of the series' classic moments, Jeremy tests the car as if it were the Mulzanne!
- In "That's the Way the Money Goes" by M, Robin Scott himself appears to be in a luxury car as a meter maid comes to ticket it. The "car" slips away, revealing the M frontman to be sitting instead on two gold bars.
- In the official video for the Ievan Polkka, three guys are shown standing by a sporty-looking car. They then pull away in some cheap beater.
- In the video for Acid Drinkers' cover of Love Shack, a Hells Angels-type is shown cruising on some sort of motorbike, later revealed to be a blue Vespa. Also Titus, the singer, is shown on some sort of monster bike with an incredibly long fork, which turns out to be a bicycle.
- In the video for the Robbie Williams song Millenium, Robbie is seen heading for an Aston Martin DB5 (with which he was earlier posing), then pulls out from behind it in Bond Bug (that later breaks down).
- Mercenaries 2 does this in one of the missions - you're told to grab a vehicle called "Devastator" while looking at a cool tank, after which it is revealed you're supposed to pick a small pink moped standing behind the wall.
- In the Donald Duck cartoon The Autograph Hound, Donald appears to be in a limo with Greta Garbo. He is actually sitting on the fender on the other side.
- In the opening credits of Top Cat, Top Cat appears to be riding in the back of a limousine. However, as the car turns a corner, it is revealed he is actually riding on the fender.
- Ben 10: Omniverse: When Rook is showing his vehicle to Ben we first see a badass-looking green and black monster truck, only to learn it's a different car and Rook's actual ride actually is the old, silly-looking truck behind it. Then subverted when Rook reveals it's only in camouflage mode and can turn into a powerful, heavily armed, spaceship-like vehicle.