Playing With / Hassle-Free Hotwire

Basic Trope: The Character manages to start a car engine without the key.
  • Straight: The character accesses the wiring, locates and connects the correct wires, and starts the engine in a matter of seconds
  • Exagerated: The character brushes two wires together and the car starts.
  • Downplayed: The car is already a junker with a screwdriver starter.
  • Justified: The character is a professional car thief, and knows the ins and outs of his trade.
  • Inverted: Attempting the hotwire the car sets off a fail-safe that prevents the car from starting all together.
  • Subverted: The character tears open the steering column and breaks into the ignition switch, ignoring the wires all together.
  • Double Subverted: ...But character still needs to touch wires together to make the engine start.
  • Parodied: The character snaps his fingers and all the cars in the surrounding area start immediately.
  • Zig Zagged: The character attempts to hotwire the car, but becomes too frustrated, so instead jams a screwdriver into the ignition and starts the car that way.
  • Averted: The character locates a key, or already has one.
  • Enforced: The director felt that sacrificing several minutes of screen time to the character fiddling with the car's electronics would spoil the pacing of the work, even if it would be more realistic (at least for that model of car).
  • Lampshaded: After successfully hotwiring the car, the character proclaims that he expected it to be much more difficult.
  • Invoked: The character chooses to steal an older model car because it lacks the security that would make it difficult to hotwire.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: The target car uses different technology and can not be hotwired.
  • Discussed: "Of course I can hotwire this! I'm a mechanic!"
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: The character opens the dash and a mess of wires fall out. He then electrocutes himself while messing with the wiring.
  • Reconstructed: The character uses special tools which make the job safe, quick, and easy.


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