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Basic Trope: A hitchhiker attacks or victimizes the driver who picks them up.

  • Straight: Pete accepts a ride from Carol. Then he pulls out a knife (or gun) and robs her.
  • Exaggerated: Pete accepts a ride from Carol. He assaults her (possibly even kidnapping, raping, or murdering her), and then steals her car to go on a road trip in order to commit more crimes.
  • Downplayed: Pete doesn't do anything violent, but he does surreptitiously steal some money out of Carol's glove compartment.
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  • Justified: Pete is an escaped convict or mental patient. Carol really should have obeyed those warning signs that were placed near the penitentiary / psychiatric hospital.
  • Inverted: Pete accepts a ride from Carol. Then she pulls out a knife (or gun) on him.
  • Subverted: Pete has the Face of a Thug and first appears in a Lightning Reveal, but he is actually perfectly pleasant to Carol.
  • Double Subverted: ...Because his real goal is to figure out where she lives so he can lie in wait for her there.
  • Parodied: Pete tries to thumb a ride while decked out in full Hockey Mask and Chainsaw.
  • Zig Zagged: Both Pete and Carol are psycho criminals. Once they are in the same car, they spend the rest of the night taking turns being the cat and the mouse.
  • Averted:
    • Pete and Carol have a completely uneventful ride together.
    • Nobody hitchhikes at all.
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  • Enforced: Writer: "Think we can get away with a Whole Plot Reference to The Hitcher?"
  • Lampshaded: "Haven't you noticed that recently everybody who is walking by the side of the road looks like a maniac?"
  • Invoked: Carol is a Death Seeker and picks up Pete hoping he'll murder her.
  • Exploited: While riding with Carol, Janet spots her Sitcom Arch-Nemesis Pete by the side of the road and, out of a petty desire to inconvenience him, warns Carol about the dangers of picking up hitchhikers.
  • Defied: Carol sees Pete thumbing and doesn't like the look of him, so she doesn't stop.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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