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Basic Trope: Someone who is horrible at driving.

  • Straight:
    • Bob speeds, smashes into lamp-posts, and other cars.
    • Alice will fail to read signs, and doesn't signal.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob drives off a cliff into a town, destroying in the process.
    • Alice smashes through several buildings and even blows up a gas station when she drives.
  • Downplayed:
  • Justified:
    • Bob is trying to get away from the police, so abiding the rules is not at the top of the priority list at the moment.
    • Advertisement:
    • Alice is a stereotypical woman/Asian. What would you expect?
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • Bob nearly crashes into another car, but it's the fault of the other driver.
    • Alice nearly drives through a red-light, but stops just in time.
    • Bob is shown driving dangerously, but it's because he's actually a Badass Driver who can weave through the tightest spots to shake whoever's chasing him. His car comes out the other side with nary a scratch.
  • Double Subverted:
    • Bob then continues driving and smashes into another car.
    • Alice decides to run the red-light after stopping.
  • Parodied:
    • Whenever Bob starts his car, it cuts to sights of a wrecked town.
    • Anything even remotely shaped like a wheel is a doomsday weapon in Alice's hands.
  • Zig Zagged:
    • Bob nearly runs a red light, but stops in time. They then fail to realize when the light has turned green.
    • Alice's driving skills seem to depend on the vehicle being driven: she's a model driver in a family sedan but a rolling threat when in a pickup truck.
    • Charlie treats traffic laws with complete disregard, but is able to avoid crashing into anything.
  • Averted:
    • Bob is an average driver.
    • Bob is never given a chance to get behind the steering wheel.
  • Enforced: The writer thinks the story needs someone who's terrible at driving, whether for Rule of Drama or — more often — for Rule of Funny.
  • Lampshaded: "Why is Bob even allowed behind the wheel?"
  • Invoked: Bob decided to be as terrible of a driver as possible.
  • Exploited:
    • Bob, who knows he's a terrible driver, gets behind a wheel to chase Emperor Evulz.
    • Greg puts Alice behind the wheel to cause chaos.
  • Defied:
    • Bob takes a course from a professional rally racer to improve his driving skills.
    • Bob never gets his driver's license and gets a lifetime ban from anything motor-related
  • Discussed: "Where'd Bob get his license, a box of Cracker-jacks?"
  • Conversed: "Having someone who drives like this should add some humor/drama to the show."
  • Deconstructed: Bob has his license revoked and is not allowed to drive because he's such a bad driver. Or he is never given a license to begin with for being such a bad driver.
  • Reconstructed: He still gets behind the wheel despite not having a license.
  • Played for Laughs:
    • Bob's bad driving causes him to fly out the window of his car with his steering wheel around his neck.
    • The show's about stereotypes, so Alice is naturally a terrible driver.
  • Played for Drama:
    • Bob's bad driving kills people, which Bob has to hide from the police.
    • Alice's bad driving gets her and her friends killed in a horrific car crash.
  • Played For Horror: Bob is literally crazy, and not in the "funny" way either, and he either deliberately uses his car as a murder weapon or is too detached from reality to notice the X-rated carnage he leaves behind.

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