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This character in horror films often acts as the HarbingerOfImpendingDoom that should warn the film's character(s) into turning back.

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This character in horror films often acts as the HarbingerOfImpendingDoom that should warn the film's character(s) into turning back.
back. Contrast with ApatheticClerk, where a character working a menial job is PlayedForComedy.


A type of character often found in horror of the [[HillbillyHorrors backwoods]] variety, the '''Creepy Gas Station Attendant''' is a grizzled and almost AlwaysMale [[CorruptHick hick]] who appears to be the sole proprietor of a dilapidated and desolate service station (although he may be accompanied by an ensemble of similarly creepy locals whose only apparent purpose is to stare silently and menacingly at "outsiders"). You know the ones, [[DisgustingPublicToilet unsanitary]] and filled with an assortment of vermin, outdated products, non-functioning fixtures, and rusting heaps that may have once been vehicles. Depending in the setting, may have a HayseedName akin to Otis, Dale, or Zeke, which will typically be stitched into his shirt.

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A type of character often found in horror of the [[HillbillyHorrors backwoods]] variety, the '''Creepy Gas Station Attendant''' is a grizzled and almost AlwaysMale [[CorruptHick hick]] who appears to be the sole proprietor of a dilapidated and desolate service station (although he may be accompanied by an ensemble of similarly creepy locals whose only apparent purpose is to stare silently and menacingly at "outsiders"). You know the ones, [[DisgustingPublicToilet unsanitary]] and filled with an assortment of vermin, outdated products, non-functioning fixtures, and rusting heaps that may have once been vehicles. Depending in the setting, may have a HayseedName akin to Otis, Dale, or Zeke, which will typically be on a patch stitched into onto the breast of his shirt.


A type of character often found in horror of the [[HillbillyHorrors backwoods]] variety, the '''Creepy Gas Station Attendant''' is a grizzled and almost AlwaysMale [[CorruptHick hick]] who appears to be the sole proprietor of a dilapidated and desolate service station (although he may be accompanied by an ensemble of similarly creepy locals whose only apparent purpose is to stare silently and menacingly at "outsiders"). You know the ones, [[DisgustingPublicToilet unsanitary]] and filled with an assortment of vermin, outdated products, non-functioning fixtures, and rusting heaps that may have once been vehicles.

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A type of character often found in horror of the [[HillbillyHorrors backwoods]] variety, the '''Creepy Gas Station Attendant''' is a grizzled and almost AlwaysMale [[CorruptHick hick]] who appears to be the sole proprietor of a dilapidated and desolate service station (although he may be accompanied by an ensemble of similarly creepy locals whose only apparent purpose is to stare silently and menacingly at "outsiders"). You know the ones, [[DisgustingPublicToilet unsanitary]] and filled with an assortment of vermin, outdated products, non-functioning fixtures, and rusting heaps that may have once been vehicles.
vehicles. Depending in the setting, may have a HayseedName akin to Otis, Dale, or Zeke, which will typically be stitched into his shirt.


* ‘’Film/SundownTheVampireInRetreat’’ has this role filled by three bearded old men, Milt, Mort and Merle, who sit on a porch rocking all day in their thick hats and gloves, with dark glasses and thick sunblock, commenting dryly whenever a customer shows up and generally trying to steer them away from the nearest town of FriendlyNeighborhoodVampires. The three are on the side of the heroes but give of a literal RetiredMonster vibe, as the second scene of the movie has Mort punch an unruly customers head off in a fit of temper (which is witnessed by his terrified friends nearby), then wearily clean up the most as Merle drives into town to report this lapse in their pacifistic new lifestyle.

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* ‘’Film/SundownTheVampireInRetreat’’ has this role filled by three bearded old men, Milt, Mort and Merle, who sit on a porch rocking rocker all day in their thick hats and gloves, with dark glasses and thick sunblock, commenting dryly whenever a customer shows up and generally trying to steer them away from the nearest town of FriendlyNeighborhoodVampires. The three are on the side of the heroes but give of a literal RetiredMonster vibe, as the second scene of the movie has Mort punch an unruly customers head off in a fit of temper (which is witnessed by his terrified friends nearby), then wearily clean up the most mess as Merle drives into town to report this lapse in their pacifistic new lifestyle.


* ‘’Film/SundownTheVampireInRetreat’’ has this role filled by three bearded old men, milt, mort and Merle, who sit on a porch rocking all day in their thick hats and gloves, with dark glasses and thick sunblock, commenting dryly whenever a customer shows up and generally trying to steer them away from the nearest town of FriendlyNeighborhoodVampires. The three are on the side of the heroes but give of a literal RetiredMonster vibe, as the second scene of the movie has Mort punch an unruly customers head off in a fit of temper (which is witnessed by his terrified friends nearby), then wearily clean up the most as Merle drives into town to report this lapse in their pacifistic new lifestyle.

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* ‘’Film/SundownTheVampireInRetreat’’ has this role filled by three bearded old men, milt, mort Milt, Mort and Merle, who sit on a porch rocking all day in their thick hats and gloves, with dark glasses and thick sunblock, commenting dryly whenever a customer shows up and generally trying to steer them away from the nearest town of FriendlyNeighborhoodVampires. The three are on the side of the heroes but give of a literal RetiredMonster vibe, as the second scene of the movie has Mort punch an unruly customers head off in a fit of temper (which is witnessed by his terrified friends nearby), then wearily clean up the most as Merle drives into town to report this lapse in their pacifistic new lifestyle.

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* ‘’Film/SundownTheVampireInRetreat’’ has this role filled by three bearded old men, milt, mort and Merle, who sit on a porch rocking all day in their thick hats and gloves, with dark glasses and thick sunblock, commenting dryly whenever a customer shows up and generally trying to steer them away from the nearest town of FriendlyNeighborhoodVampires. The three are on the side of the heroes but give of a literal RetiredMonster vibe, as the second scene of the movie has Mort punch an unruly customers head off in a fit of temper (which is witnessed by his terrified friends nearby), then wearily clean up the most as Merle drives into town to report this lapse in their pacifistic new lifestyle.


* ''Series/NCIS'': one appears as the killer in a season 2 episode.

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* ''Series/NCIS'': ''Series/{{NCIS}}'': one appears as the killer in a season 2 episode.


* ''Series/ NCIS'': one appears as the killer in a season 2 episode.

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* ''Series/ NCIS'': ''Series/NCIS'': one appears as the killer in a season 2 episode.


* ''Series/NCIS'': one appears as the killer in a season 2 episode.

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* ''Series/NCIS'': ''Series/ NCIS'': one appears as the killer in a season 2 episode.

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* ''Series/NCIS'': one appears as the killer in a season 2 episode.


This character in horror films often act as the HarbingerOfImpendingDoom that should warn the film's character(s) into turning back.

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This character in horror films often act acts as the HarbingerOfImpendingDoom that should warn the film's character(s) into turning back.



* ''ComicBook/ScareTactics'': After escaping the town of Beaumont, where they had been trapped in waking nightmares, the band stops at rural gas station. They ask about the town, only for the creepy attendant to tell them there is no town called Beaumont in the area. In fact, [[VanishingVillage there is no town at all in the direction they came from]].

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* ''ComicBook/ScareTactics'': After escaping the town of Beaumont, where they had been trapped in waking nightmares, the band stops at a rural gas station. They ask about the town, only for the creepy attendant to tell them there is no town called Beaumont in the area. In fact, [[VanishingVillage there is no town at all in the direction they came from]].



* Probable TropeMaker Drayton Sawyer from the original ''Film/TheTexasChainSawMassacre1974''. Encountered early on by the protagonists, he appears normal enough, but when Sally goes to him seeking aid after her friends are killed, he is revealed to be the head of Leatherface's family, and captures the girl to take home for dinner. Other examples from the series include Alfredo from ''Film/LeatherfaceTheTexasChainsawMassacreIII'' and W.E. from ''Film/TexasChainsawMassacreTheNextGeneration''.

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* Probable TropeMaker Drayton Sawyer from the original ''Film/TheTexasChainSawMassacre1974''. Encountered early on by the protagonists, he appears normal enough, but when Sally goes to him seeking aid after her friends are killed, he is revealed to be the head of Leatherface's family, family and captures the girl to take home for dinner. Other examples from the series include Alfredo from ''Film/LeatherfaceTheTexasChainsawMassacreIII'' and W.E. from ''Film/TexasChainsawMassacreTheNextGeneration''.



* "The Grinning God" is a pair of short stories by May and Jacques Futrelle (her's is "Wraiths of the Storm" and his reply is "The House That Was", both 1907) that feature a crusty New Englander variant of the unhelpful and alarming gas station attendant. He lives above the store in the middle of nowhere and is reluctant to sell fuel at night, despite the driver's car being clearly out of gas, miles from the nearest big city. He won't put the driver up for the night despite the signs of an approaching storm. He tells the driver that the road to the next town is "straight 'cept where it bends." Only an offer to pay double prompts the man to finally sell the fuel at all. The driver goes his way, and has a series of strange experiences. He comes to doubt his own sanity and act accordingly. It is up to Jacques Futrelle's Professor Augustus S. F. X. Van Dusen ("Literature/TheThinkingMachine") to work out the answer, bringing the distraught man along on a re-enactment of the trip to show that it was all real. [[spoiler:The driver had turned and backtracked instead of going on toward his destination; the attendant tried to call after him but had his voice drowned out by the thunder and the roar of the engine]].

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* "The Grinning God" is a pair of short stories by May and Jacques Futrelle (her's is "Wraiths of the Storm" and his reply is "The House That Was", both 1907) that feature a crusty New Englander variant of the unhelpful and alarming gas station attendant. He lives above the store in the middle of nowhere and is reluctant to sell fuel at night, despite the driver's car being clearly out of gas, miles from the nearest big city. He won't put the driver up for the night despite the signs of an approaching storm. He tells the driver that the road to the next town is "straight 'cept where it bends." Only an offer to pay double prompts the man to finally sell the fuel at all. The driver goes his way, way and has a series of strange experiences. He comes to doubt his own sanity and act accordingly. It is up to Jacques Futrelle's Professor Augustus S. F. X. Van Dusen ("Literature/TheThinkingMachine") to work out the answer, bringing the distraught man along on a re-enactment of the trip to show that it was all real. [[spoiler:The driver had turned and backtracked instead of going on toward his destination; the attendant tried to call after him but had his voice drowned out by the thunder and the roar of the engine]].



* Parodied in a series of sketches on ''Series/TheFastShow'', where people stop to ask directions from a batty old man at a rundown petrol station. His advice starts out innocently enough, but quickly descends into insane ranting.

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* Parodied in a series of sketches on ''Series/TheFastShow'', where people stop to ask directions from a batty old man at a rundown petrol station. His advice starts out innocently enough, enough but quickly descends into insane ranting.



* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'': Zig-zagged initially with the normal-looking attendant of the well-off Moel gas station. When the main character first arrives in Inaba, the gas attendant is the one of the first people to welcome him, with the two engaging in some friendly conversation and a seemingly innocent handshake. However, the attendant will subsequently only appear around the gas station on rainy days, and the True Ending reveals that [[spoiler:she's actually Izanami, the BigBad responsible for starting the entire plot, with her going OneWingedAngel in the final battle]].
* In ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', [[PyroManiac the Pyro]] is a mouth breathing serial killer and has a gas jockey themed item set.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'': Zig-zagged initially with the normal-looking attendant of the well-off Moel gas station. When the main character first arrives in Inaba, the gas attendant is the one of the first people to welcome him, with the two engaging in some friendly conversation and a seemingly innocent handshake. However, the attendant will subsequently only appear around the gas station on rainy days, and the True Ending reveals that [[spoiler:she's actually Izanami, the BigBad responsible for starting the entire plot, with her going OneWingedAngel in the final battle]].
* In ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', [[PyroManiac the Pyro]] is a mouth breathing mouth-breathing serial killer and has a gas jockey themed item set.



* A character who sometimes shows up in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' is an old gas station owner prone to offering ominous, overwrought and unsolicted warnings about things like cursed paths, haunted mountains and cemeteries [[Literature/PetSematary that can bring back the dead]]. Butters also assumes the role in "The Wacky Molestation Adventure".

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* A character who sometimes shows up in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' is an old gas station owner prone to offering ominous, overwrought and unsolicted unsolicited warnings about things like cursed paths, haunted mountains and cemeteries [[Literature/PetSematary that can bring back the dead]]. Butters also assumes the role in "The Wacky Molestation Adventure".


* The gas station owner in ''[[Literature/TalesFromCampCrystalLake Friday the 13th: Mother's Day]]'' turns out to be a CaptainErsatz of [[Film/{{Psycho}} Norman Bates]].

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* The gas station owner in ''[[Literature/TalesFromCampCrystalLake ''[[Franchise/FridayThe13th Friday the 13th: Mother's Day]]'' turns out to be a CaptainErsatz of [[Film/{{Psycho}} Norman Bates]].


* In the ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' episode "Night of the Living Spud", Darkwing and his family meet a guy like this on the highway named Dwayne who warns them that a vampire potato is on the loose, giving them advice on what to do when they see it along with showing a wide knowledge of various unnatural phenomena. He may be a truck driver (according to himself under the employment of the state's secret paranormal department) but he does take them to a creepy gas station. While they at first think he's crazy, [[NoMereWindmill Dwayne's warning is very accurate]], and his advice [[DarkIsNotEvil is actually sound.]]

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' episode "Night of the Living Spud", Darkwing and his family meet a guy like this on the highway named Dwayne who warns them that a vampire potato is on the loose, giving them advice on what to do when they see it along with showing a wide knowledge of various unnatural phenomena. He may be a truck driver (according to himself under the employment of the state's secret paranormal department) but he does take them to a creepy gas station. While they at first think he's crazy, [[NoMereWindmill Dwayne's warning is very accurate]], and his advice [[DarkIsNotEvil is actually sound.]] sound]], giving credit to the idea that he is all that he claims to be.


* In the ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' episode "Night of the Living Spud", Darkwing and his family meet a guy like this named Dwayne who warns them that a vampire potato is loose, giving them advice on what to do when they see it. While they at first think he's crazy, [[NoMereWindmill Dwayne's warning is very accurate]], and his advice [[DarkIsNotEvil is actually sound.]]

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' episode "Night of the Living Spud", Darkwing and his family meet a guy like this on the highway named Dwayne who warns them that a vampire potato is on the loose, giving them advice on what to do when they see it.it along with showing a wide knowledge of various unnatural phenomena. He may be a truck driver (according to himself under the employment of the state's secret paranormal department) but he does take them to a creepy gas station. While they at first think he's crazy, [[NoMereWindmill Dwayne's warning is very accurate]], and his advice [[DarkIsNotEvil is actually sound.]]

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