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* In the ''Series/AdamTwelve'' episode "Log 66: Vandals," two hitchhikers try to mug the girl who picked them up. When she resists, they kill her and [[PunkInTheTrunk hide the body in the trunk]].


-->'''Enrico''': Oh, [[GoLookAtTheDistraction look, a dreefter]], let's kill him! (''Wisely runs away'')

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-->'''Enrico''': Oh, [[GoLookAtTheDistraction look, a dreefter]], [[DisposableVagrant let's kill him! him]]! (''Wisely runs away'')

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* PlayedForLaughs in ''Film/RatRace'', as the FunnyForeigner accidentally ruins a transplant heart, and the courier hints that he plans on using the foreigner's heart as a replacement.
-->'''Enrico''': Oh, [[GoLookAtTheDistraction look, a dreefter]], let's kill him! (''Wisely runs away'')

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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeffrey_Dahmer Jeffrey Dahmer]]'s first victim was a young hitchhiker named Steven Hicks, whom he lured in with promises of alcohol before bludgeoning him to death.


'''Jim'': That was him in there?\\

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'''Jim'': '''Jim''': That was him in there?\\

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* ''WebVideo/SevenSecondRiddles'': There's a riddle involving a hitchhiker that got murdered by a man who gave him a ride.

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->'''Jim Halsey''': What do you want?\\
'''John Ryder''': *laughs*\\
'''Jim''': What's so funny?\\
'''John''': That's what the other guy said.\\
'''Jim''': What other guy?\\
'''John''': That guy back there, the one we just passed. The guy who picked me up before you did.\\
'''Jim'': That was him in there?\\
'''John''': Sure it was. He couldn't have walked very far.\\
'''Jim''': Why's that?\\
'''John''': Because I cut off his legs... and his arms... and his head... and I'm going to do the same to you.
-->--''Film/TheHitcher''

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* Downplayed in one episode of ''Series/{{Community}}''. Britta and Shirley are driving and pick up a hitchhiker after arguing about whether it's too dangerous, but their Good Samaritan impulses prevail. He immediately proves to be insufferably offensive, going on at length about both his love of Jesus (which grates on Britta) and his love of marijuana (which grates on Shirley). Once he demonstrates himself to also be incredibly racist, they both kick him out.
* A variant in ''Series/TwinPeaks The Return'' with the woodsmen. They are evil, {{Brown Note Being}}s that look like men covered in dirt or grease that spawn form an interdimensional gas station. They swarm people driving in cars late at night and kill them.


* Played for laughs in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5uxs4wQAhI a Bud Light commercial]], where a guy driving through the woods in the middle of the night decides to pick up a shifty-looking hitchhiker simply because he has Bud Light -- even though, as his passenger points out, "He has an axe!" The hitcher [[BlatantLies claims that the axe is a bottle opener]], and the driver promptly invites him in. He later picks up an even shadier hitcher because he has a six-pack of Bud Light, and the first hitcher objects.

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* Played for laughs in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5uxs4wQAhI a Bud Light commercial]], where a guy driving through the woods in the middle of the night decides to pick up a shifty-looking hitchhiker simply because he has Bud Light -- even though, as his passenger points out, "He has an axe!" The hitcher [[BlatantLies claims that the axe is a bottle opener]], and the driver promptly invites him in. He later picks up an even shadier hitcher because he has a six-pack of Bud Light, Light and the first hitcher objects.



* ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' has two women in a car looking at at a a one-eyed man with a HookHand and a sign that says "Anywhere". The caption is [[TooDumbToLive "Come on, Cynthia, where's your sense of adventure?"]]

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* ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' has two women in a car looking at at a a one-eyed man with a HookHand and a sign that says "Anywhere". The caption is [[TooDumbToLive "Come on, Cynthia, where's your sense of adventure?"]]



* ''Film/TheHitcher'' (1986) is about a driver who is stalked and manipulated by a hitchhiking spree killer after foiling the man's direct attempt on his life. Screenwriter Eric Red said the story was inspired by song "Riders on the Storm." Was remade in 2007.

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* ''Film/TheHitcher'' (1986) is about a driver who is stalked and manipulated by a hitchhiking spree killer after foiling the man's direct attempt on his life. Screenwriter Eric Red said the story was inspired by Music/TheDoors' song "Riders on the Storm." Was remade in 2007.



* In ''Film/MacheteKills'', the shape shifting assassin El Chameleon, in the form of Music/LadyGaga, wanders the desert and acts sexy to get a trucker to stop. As soon as she gets in, she shoots him, boots the body out, and drives off.

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* In ''Film/MacheteKills'', the shape shifting shape-shifting assassin El Chameleon, in the form of Music/LadyGaga, wanders the desert and acts sexy to get a trucker to stop. As soon as she gets in, she shoots him, boots the body out, and drives off.



* Played with in the Creator/StephenKing short story ''Mute'', where a guy picks up a supposedly deaf mute hitchhiker, who does nothing aside from stealing his St. Christopher medallion and evening leaves a note thanking him for the ride. However, the guy vented to the hitchhiker (who he believed to be asleep) about his wife cheating on him and embezzling from him as well, leaving him in debt, and soon after his wife and her lover are found beaten to death in their motel room.

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* Played with in the Creator/StephenKing short story ''Mute'', where a guy picks up a supposedly deaf mute deaf-mute hitchhiker, who does nothing aside from stealing his St. Christopher medallion and evening leaves a note thanking him for the ride. However, the guy vented to the hitchhiker (who he believed to be asleep) about his wife cheating on him and embezzling from him as well, leaving him in debt, and soon after his wife and her lover are found beaten to death in their motel room.



* Series/TheMightyBoosh: The Hitcher is one of the series’ only recurring villains. His first appearance is in the episode "Hitcher" when he seemingly teleports into the van after Howard refuses pick him up from the side of the road while driving to the animal offender zoo. Howard later becomes trapped in The Hitcher’s box with Vince, where The Hitcher reveals he owns the animal offender zoo, and his plan to cut them up and feed them to the animals.

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* Series/TheMightyBoosh: The Hitcher is one of the series’ only recurring villains. His first appearance is in the episode "Hitcher" when he seemingly teleports into the van after Howard refuses to pick him up from the side of the road while driving to the animal offender zoo. Howard later becomes trapped in The Hitcher’s box with Vince, where The Hitcher reveals he owns the animal offender zoo, and his plan to cut them up and feed them to the animals.



* In ''Film/RoadGames'', Smith (alias Jones) is a hedonistic serial killer who rapes, strangles and dismembers young female hitchhikers.

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* In ''Film/RoadGames'', Smith (alias Jones) is a hedonistic serial killer who rapes, strangles strangles, and dismembers young female hitchhikers.



* ''Series/UnsolvedMysteries'' again. Two college kids entered a rest stop and called the police, having just learned that the guy they were riding with had stolen the truck he was driving. While he never explicitly threatened them, they were clearly fearful that he had done something to the trucks owner and refused to ride with him anymore. Given that the man had indeed murdered the truck's owner, their instincts probably saved their lives.

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* ''Series/UnsolvedMysteries'' again. Two college kids entered a rest stop and called the police, having just learned that the guy they were riding with had stolen the truck he was driving. While he never explicitly threatened them, they were clearly fearful that he had done something to the trucks truck's owner and refused to ride with him anymore. Given that the man had indeed murdered the truck's owner, their instincts probably saved their lives.



* ''VideoGame/RidesWithStrangers'' was created based on this trope; the player has to hitchhike their way to a meeting they are late for, and must avoid being killed by the driver.

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* ''VideoGame/RidesWithStrangers'' was created based on this trope; the player has to hitchhike their way to a meeting they are late for, for and must avoid being killed by the driver.



* On September 15, 1978, 15-year old Mary Vincent was hitchhiking through Berkeley, California when she was picked up by [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_Singleton Lawrence Singleton]], who raped and sodomized her, then chopped off her arms and flung her, naked and bleeding into a ditch. Amazingly, she survived.
* In a story that straddles this and the harmful hitchhiker variant, Paul Teodo told a story at ''[[https://themoth.org/stories/a-very-dangerous-person The Moth]]'' about a time he was hitchhiking and picked up by John Wayne Gacy. Paul was a violently unstable young man at the time and believes he survived the encounter because of his own violent attitude--others picked up by Gacy were not so lucky, and even two who survived were still subjected to hours of rape and torture.
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmund_Kemper Edmund Kemper]], the "Co-ed Killer" made famous by the book and Netflix show Mindhunter, might well be the Trope Codifier for the real life decline of hitchhiking. He specifically targeted female hitchhikers in the '70s in California, typifying the psychopathic killer targeting young, innocent girls in the public mind.

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* On September 15, 1978, 15-year old 15-year-old Mary Vincent was hitchhiking through Berkeley, California when she was picked up by [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_Singleton Lawrence Singleton]], who raped and sodomized her, then chopped off her arms and flung her, naked and bleeding into a ditch. Amazingly, she survived.
* In a story that straddles this and the harmful hitchhiker variant, Paul Teodo told a story at ''[[https://themoth.org/stories/a-very-dangerous-person The Moth]]'' about a time he was hitchhiking and picked up by John Wayne Gacy. Paul was a violently unstable young man at the time and believes he survived the encounter because of his own violent attitude--others attitude -- others picked up by Gacy were not so lucky, and even two who survived were still subjected to hours of rape and torture.
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmund_Kemper Edmund Kemper]], the "Co-ed Killer" made famous by the book and Netflix show Mindhunter, ''Mindhunter'', might well be the Trope Codifier for the real life real-life decline of hitchhiking. He specifically targeted female hitchhikers in the '70s in California, typifying the psychopathic killer targeting young, innocent girls in the public mind.

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** Played straight in "[[Literature/NightmaresAndDreamscapes Chattery Teeth]]", when a salesman, against his better judgment, picks up a hitchhiker who promptly tries to rob him. This does not go as planned.


* ''Film/TheTexasChainSawMassacre1974'': A hitchhiker travels with the group for a bit and start talking about his family who worked at the old slaughterhouse. He borrows Franklin's pocket-knife and cuts himself, then takes a Polaroid picture of the others and demands money for it. When they refuse to pay, he burns the photo and slashes Franklin's arm with a straight razor. The group forces him out of the van and drive on. It then gets worse when, later in the film, we find out the hitchhiker is Leatherface’s younger brother Nubbins, and he decides to exact some payback on Sally with aid from both Leatherface and the leader of the family Drayton.

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* ''Film/TheTexasChainSawMassacre1974'': A hitchhiker travels with the group for a bit and start talking about his family who worked at the old slaughterhouse. He borrows Franklin's pocket-knife and cuts himself, then takes a Polaroid picture of the others and demands money for it. When they refuse to pay, he burns the photo and slashes Franklin's arm with a straight razor. The group forces him out of the van and drive on. It then gets worse when, later in the film, we find out the hitchhiker is Leatherface’s younger brother Nubbins, and he decides to exact some payback on Sally with aid from both Leatherface and the leader of the family family’s patriarch Drayton.

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* Like in real life, Music/{{Macabre}}'s "Edmund Kemper has a Horrible Temper" tells how the titular killer would pick up hitchhiking Co-Ed’s to abduct and murder them.
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* ''Film/TheTexasChainSawMassacre1974'': A hitchhiker travels with the group for a bit and start talking about his family who worked at the old slaughterhouse. He borrows Franklin's pocket-knife and cuts himself, then takes a Polaroid picture of the others and demands money for it. When they refuse to pay, he burns the photo and slashes Franklin's arm with a straight razor. The group forces him out of the van and drive on. It then gets worse when, later in the film, we find out the hitchhiker is Leatherface’s younger brother Nubbins, and he decides to exact some payback on Sally with aid from both Leatherface and his older brother Drayton.

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* ''Film/TheTexasChainSawMassacre1974'': A hitchhiker travels with the group for a bit and start talking about his family who worked at the old slaughterhouse. He borrows Franklin's pocket-knife and cuts himself, then takes a Polaroid picture of the others and demands money for it. When they refuse to pay, he burns the photo and slashes Franklin's arm with a straight razor. The group forces him out of the van and drive on. It then gets worse when, later in the film, we find out the hitchhiker is Leatherface’s younger brother Nubbins, and he decides to exact some payback on Sally with aid from both Leatherface and his older brother the leader of the family Drayton.


* Series/TheMightyBoosh: The Hitcher is one of the series’ only recurring villains. His first appearance is in the episode "Hitcher" when he seemingly teleports into the van after Howard refuses pick him up from the side of the road while driving to the animal offender zoo. Howard becomes trapped in The Hitcher’s box with Vince, where The Hitcher reveals he owns the animal offender zoo, and his plan to cut them up and feed them to the animals.

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* Series/TheMightyBoosh: The Hitcher is one of the series’ only recurring villains. His first appearance is in the episode "Hitcher" when he seemingly teleports into the van after Howard refuses pick him up from the side of the road while driving to the animal offender zoo. Howard later becomes trapped in The Hitcher’s box with Vince, where The Hitcher reveals he owns the animal offender zoo, and his plan to cut them up and feed them to the animals.


* Series/TheMightyBoosh: The Hitcher is one of the series’ only recurring villains. His first appearance is in the episode "Hitcher" when Howard picks him up from the side of the road while driving to the animal offender zoo. Howard becomes trapped in The Hitcher’s box with Vince, where The Hitcher reveals he owns the animal offender zoo, and his plan to cut them up and feed them to the animals.

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* Series/TheMightyBoosh: The Hitcher is one of the series’ only recurring villains. His first appearance is in the episode "Hitcher" when he seemingly teleports into the van after Howard picks refuses pick him up from the side of the road while driving to the animal offender zoo. Howard becomes trapped in The Hitcher’s box with Vince, where The Hitcher reveals he owns the animal offender zoo, and his plan to cut them up and feed them to the animals.

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