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1%%²%%²%%²%%²%%²%% This list of examples has been alphabetized. Please add your example in the proper place. Thanks!²%%²%%²%%²%%²%%²%%²²Somebody just got killed while sitting in the driver's seat of a vehicle. Said person's body will, almost inevitably, fall forward, their head hitting the steering wheel and activating the horn. The constant droning draws everyone's attention and punctuates what just transpired.²²Sister trope to DeadFootLeadfoot.²²----²²!!Examples²²[[foldercontrol]]²²[[folder:Advertising]]²* DoubleSubverted in the end of the so-called "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZcNXe20dXI Banned Xbox Commercial]]", where a taxi driver seemingly refuses to participate in the on-going flashmob (where the participants pretend to shoot each other) because he is taking a call, but then does it, anyway, falling "dead" on the steering wheel (and the horn).²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Film - Animated]]²* Happens in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanMaskOfThePhantasm'' when the Phantasm kills one of the mafiosi inside his own car. ²[[/folder]]²²[[folder: Film - Live Action]]²* The opening credits of ''Film/{{Accident}}'' end with the car crash that kills the Brain's wife. She is shown smashing through the windscreen, followed by a prolonged blaring off the horn.²* ''Film/BlackZoo'': When the KillerGorilla murders Jenny in her garage, she falls against the steering wheel of her car: causing the horn to blare and summoning the neighbours.²* ''Film/{{Chinatown}}'' ends with Evelyn jumping in her car and trying to escape from the BigBad, her insanely evil father Noah Cross. Shots are fired, there's a sound of a crash, and the sound of a droning car horn. A dead Evelyn has collapsed on the car horn. Cue DownerEnding.²* ''Film/DTox'': When the truck carrying Hank and Gilbert crashes, Hank face plants on the steering wheel, setting the horn blaring. This alerts Malloy inside the rehab centre that something has gone wrong.²* Non-lethal version near the end of ''Film/GetOut2017''. When Chris crashes the car against a tree, his head comes to rest on the wheel which activates the horn. It only stops when Chris comes to and lifts his head.²* ''Film/Halloween1978'' has [[spoiler:Annie Brackett]] fall dead on her car horn after Michael Myers cuts her throat.²* Subverted in ''Film/Halloween5TheRevengeOfMichaelMyers'', after his car crashes into a tree. Initially, the three people he's been pursuing are relieved at the sound of the car horn, assuming this trope. Their facial expressions turn to horror when the noise stops, revealing that of course, Myers has survived.²* In ''Film/TheHand'', Brian slams his hand down on the car horn repeatedly as he is being strangled by the hand.²* ''Film/LethalWeapon'': Murtaugh shooting [=McAllister's=] driver is punctuated by the driver falling onto the car horn.²* ''Film/ScarecrowSlayer'': When Karl swerves to avoid the Scarecrow, he crashes and face plants on the steering wheel, causing the horn to blare.²* ''Film/Triple9'': When the gang are meeting to discuss Irina's offer, [[spoiler:Russel]]'s car rolls slowly round the corner, hits the wall, and stops. The horn starts blaring. When the door is opened, the gang finds a mortally wounded [[spoiler:Russell]] slumped forward on the wheel.²* ''Film/{{Wunschkonzert}}'': Not with a car. Two German soldiers are holed up in a church, in a combat zone, apparently France or Belgium. They know that the rest of TheSquad is out there, but the squad is lost in the fog, and there is a minefield. It so happens that one of the two men in the church is a musician, and he plays the church organ in order to signal the rest of the squad where to go. It works, but right at the end of the piece the organist holds the last note and keeps holding it. His buddy comes over and finds that the organist has been killed by Allied artillery and has flopped over onto the keyboard.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Live Action TV]]²* ''Series/{{Amen}}''. When the gang tries to break into a piano store to return one that was stolen, they appoint the elderly Rolly as the lookout for the police. When the cops bust them anyway, they realize that Rolly has fallen asleep when they hear the sound of the car horn.²* Not dead but merely dazed: In the ''Series/BetterCallSaul'' episode "Nailed", Mike lays down an improvised spike strip made from a garden hose to ambush one of Hector Salamanca's couriers. When the courier's truck hits the strip, he loses control and swerves off the road into a ditch, striking his head on the steering wheel and activates the horn.²* ''Series/{{Between}}'': When Chuck and his small band of cohorts makes their escape attempt, Samantha is shot by a sniper as they stop to make plans; resulting in this trope.²* ''Series/{{Cannon}}'': Happens in "Flight Plan", when Cannon is knocked unconscious and placed in car with the engine running in an attempt to asphyxiate him. He slumps on the steering wheel causing the horn to blare and making the bad guy come back and shove him off the horn.²* ''Series/{{CSI}}'': ²** Happens when a drugged driver falls asleep at the wheel and runs off the road in "Jackpot".²** Happens again in "Disarmed & Dangerous". A crook shoots at Brass and Ray from a moving car. Brass returns fire and kills the driver, and the car crashes into a parked car where the driver faceplants on the horn.²* A non-lethal version in ''Series/{{Frequency}}''. After Frank's car gets t-boned by another car, his head hits the steering wheel which causes a continuous honking.²* In the ''Creator/{{Lifetime}}'' movie ''Sleeping With The Devil'', a woman deliberately invokes this (although she's merely injured, not dead) in an attempt to call for help, having just been shot several times by the hitman hired by her ex-boyfriend to kill her.²* ''Series/TheMagician'': In "Illusion of Stainless Steel Lady", Tony fakes his death by AnimalAssassin by slumping forward in his car, his head on the steering wheel and the horse blaring.²* ''Series/MidsomerMurders'':²** Not dead but unconscious. TheTeaser to "The Silent Land" ends with Joyce crashing her car. The scene fades to the credits with the horn blaring as Joyce slumps unconscious on the steering wheel.²** In "Death and the Divas", an attempted murder by [[VehicularSabotage cutting the victim's brake lines]] end with the intended victim face planted on the steering wheel and the horn blaring.²* ''Series/TheSopranos'': When TheMafia [[AssassinsAreAlwaysBetrayed disposes of two would-be assassins]] to be absolutely certain that they won't tell tales, they crash their car so the dead driver slumps over and sounds the horn as the mobsters make their own getaway.²* In the first few minutes of the ''Series/StarskyAndHutch'' pilot, two teenagers are shot to death while kissing in the front seat of a car. The scene ends with the horn blaring.²* AMC's ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' had a long story arc with the protagonists trying to lead an incredibly large zombie herd away from their safe haven, Alexandria. The ruse fails when a semi-trailer crashes into the town walls, and the driver, slumping over, sounds the horn, leading much of the horde back to them.²* ''Series/MurderSheWrote'': Happens when a van crashes during an attempted prison breakout at the start of "Trials and Tribulations".²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Video Games]]²* In ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare2'', the player character and his squad are watching a person of interest, who suddenly draws a huge gun and shoots wildly, killing the driver of their vehicle, who slumps forward. The honking is audible as you continue the chase on foot for several blocks.²* The [non-canon] Bad ending of ''VideoGame/SilentHill'' reveals that [[spoiler:[[DeadAllAlong Harry never survived the car crash at the beginning of the story]], as shown by him slumped over the steering wheel while the horn continuously blares.]]²* Implied in ''VideoGame/{{Vigilante8}}'' when you wear down your opponent's life bar completely and the horn goes off. You now have a few seconds to "Total" his vehicle.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Western Animation]]²* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'': In "The Deadly Venom", Raphael is bitten by one of Karai's snakes while driving the Turtle Van. the van crashes and overturns, and the horn is heard blaring as she scene cuts.²[[/folder]]²----

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