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Playing With: Directionless Driver
Basic Trope: A character staunchly refuses directions or other navigational aid, no matter how much he needs it.
  • Straight: Though they've been lost for hours, Bob ignores Alice when she suggests they ask for directions.
  • Exaggerated: Bob and Alice have crossed so many geological barriers that they're probably on the wrong continent by now, but Bob maintains that he doesn't need directions.
  • Downplayed: Bob gets lost for fifteen minutes, since the only navigational aid he'll use is a map and the only directions he'll ask for are from Alice.
  • Justified: Bob is afraid to ask for directions because they're lost in a Town with a Dark Secret.
  • Inverted:
    • Bob asks for directions, and they end up lost as a result.
    • Though they've been lost for hours, Alice ignores Bob when he suggests they ask for directions.
  • Subverted: Bob refuses to ask for directions, but he knows he needs them, so he makes Alice ask because she's the woman.
  • Double Subverted: Bob receives directions, then deliberately ignores them.
  • Parodied: On a trek through the Sahara Desert, Alice and Bob find themselves at the bottom of the ocean. Bob insists that this is the right way.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob refuses to ask for directions, so he makes Alice ask. Alice refuses to ask for directions, but a kindly stranger gives them directions anyway. Bob deliberately ignores this and gets even more lost, so he finally asks someone...
  • Averted:
    • Bob is a navigation robot with an infallible guidance system.
    • Or he, y'know, asks for directions when he's lost.
  • Enforced: Bob will never ask for directions in order to show that he's a stubborn Jerk Ass.
  • Lampshaded: "I'm a man, I can't ask for directions!"
  • Invoked: "He's a man, he can't ask for directions, so he'll be hopelessly lost, ahahahahaha!!"
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: "I'm not going to risk getting us lost for the rest of the day. Where's somebody who can give us directions?"
  • Discussed: "I haven't asked for directions since I was three; I'm not going to start now."
  • Conversed: "A Bumbling Dad behind the wheel? They're gonna get lost, and he won't ask for directions."
  • Implied: Bob says, "Sorry we're late, we got lost." Alice grumbles, "You mean you got lost."
  • Deconstructed: Bob arrives too late with a donated organ due to his refusal to ask for directions.
  • Reconstructed: Bob triple-checks his route before he starts a trip.
  • Played For Laughs: Bob and Alice bicker comically while driving in circles around the exact place they're trying to go.
  • Played For Drama: Bob and Alice get so badly lost they end up at an Old Dark House, where a murderer is hiding...

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