'''Basic Trope''': A character takes a shortcut, only to get lost.
* '''Straight''': [[NuclearFamily The Tropers]] are on a road trip. [[BumblingDad Bob]] decides to take the ScenicRoute...and ends up getting the family lost.
* '''Exaggerated''': The Tropers [[NiceJobBreakingItHero wind up stranded out in the middle of the desert]].
* '''Downplayed''': Bob takes the "short cut" and it gets the family to their destination, several hours later than they wanted to arrive.
* '''Justified''':
** Bob is too proud to ask directions when he gets lost.
** The Tropers had to complete some silly FetchQuest or [[GoingToSeeTheElephant go see some cheesy tourist trap]] [[ItsTheJourneyThatCounts on the way]].
** Bob had to go off the main route to find a rest stop because one of the kids had a PottyEmergency.
** There is a possible shortcut going that way, but it's either closed due to road construction or requires several turns and Bob keeps missing them.
* '''Inverted''': Bob takes the ScenicRoute, and it gets them to their destination in less time than it would have taken to stay on the main roads.
* '''Subverted''': Bob stays on main roads in populated areas.
* '''Double Subverted''': But he takes a wrong turn and gets lost.
* '''Parodied''': The car is seen in front of stock scenery of Mt. Everest, the Pyramids, a beach, the surface of the moon, etc.
* '''Zig Zagged''': ???
* '''Averted''': Bob does not take any shortcuts.
* '''Enforced''': ItsTheJourneyThatCounts, IdiotPlot.
* '''Lampshaded''': "ChristopherColumbus didn't need directions, and neither do I!"
* '''Invoked''': Bob decides to take a shortcut, even [[DirectionlessDriver throwing the map out the window]].
* '''Exploited''': ???
* '''Defied''': Bob is GenreSavvy enough to know that this will cause problems, so he stays on main roads.
* '''Discussed''': ???
* '''Conversed''': ???
* '''Played For Laughs''': The Tropers had intended to go to the amusement park for the day. They instead end up in front of a strip club.
* '''Played For Drama''': The Tropers have to stay in a creepy little town with a DarkAndTroubledPast involving a [[SlasherMovie deranged killer]].
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