Playing With: The Alleged Car

Basic Trope: A clattering clunker of a car.
  • Straight: Bob's car is old and rusty, tops out at 40 mph, and does not always start right away.
  • Exaggerated: All of the above, with the caveat that the car must be started using some non-conventional means, originally came from a country that no longer exists due to civil war, economic collapse, or a brutal invasion from a neighboring country, and has more duct tape than paint on it. It also breaks down about once a week, has been in the news more times than it's been on the road, uses ridiculous amounts of gas, has been mistaken for abandoned and/or stolen from a junkyard, and was once disqualified from a Soapbox Derby race for lack of structural integrity.
  • Downplayed:
    • Bob's car is rather rusty and kinda ugly, but it works decently enough.
    • Bob's car looks rather fine, it could even pass for a Cool Car semblance-wise... However, it runs like crap and regularly breaks down at the worst possible moment.
  • Justified:
    • Bob is too cheap or poor to buy a Cool Car (or even a halfway decent one).
    • Bob bought his car from an Honest John's Dealership.
    • The car was a hand-me-down from a male relative (father, uncle, grandfather, older brother, older cousin, etc), who either loved 1970s cars, was a drunk driver, drives like a madman, or is too cheap or poor to get it fixed.
    • Bob is purchasing the car as part of an experiment for a reality show (or a science class), in which the car doesn't really need to move.
    • Bob is purchasing parts or scrap metal, not a whole car.
    • Bob is homeless and needs a car (no matter how much of a clunker it is) to live in rather than to drive around in.
    • Bob lives in a Communist country where manufacturing is of poor quality, and after ten years' wait he's glad to get a car at all.
  • Inverted: Bob has a quite reliable Cool Car.
  • Subverted: What a Piece of Junk: Bob's car may look like crap, but it actually works really well.
  • Double Subverted: ...But there have been times when it's lived up to its reputation as an Alleged Car.
  • Parodied:
    • The car has an Embarrassing Nickname, which everyone in town knows from local newspapers, TV news, and YouTube videos.
    • Not even the local junkyard will take in Bob's car for scrap.
    • The car is shaped suspiciously like a lemon with patched-up square wheels.
  • Zig Zagged: Sometimes Bob's car runs poorly, sometimes it runs well.
  • Averted:
    • Bob's car actually runs well and looks good.
    • Bob doesn't have a car.
  • Enforced: Rule of Funny and/or Plot-Driven Breakdown.
  • Lampshaded: "Is this thing even road legal?"
  • Invoked: Bob sees an ad in the paper for a used car priced at just $500, and thinks it's a good deal.
  • Exploited: Honest John of Honest John's Dealership gives Bob a "deal" on a poor-quality used car to make quick money.
  • Defied: Bob's car is a model with a terrible reputation, but the one he owns never seems to let him down.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: The car is dangerous, has cost him thousands in repairs, and is a threat to his physical and mental health.
  • Reconstructed: Bob calls Xzibit from Pimp My Ride (or the in-universe equivalent) to get the car fixed up into something cool.
  • Played For Drama: Bob and/or someone close to him has a gruesome car accident because of the desecrated condition of the damned machine.

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