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Basic Trope: A character gets in a vehicle, only to discover that the person they were expecting to be driving has been replaced by someone with malevolent intentions.

  • Straight: Alice is being shadowed by Don Rossini's enforcers and jumps in a cab to get away. Only for clouds of something green to come out of the air vents.
  • Exaggerated: Alice gets into the back of a taxi, metal restraints automatically fly out of the seat, a gun barrel emerges from it and shoots her in the back of the head, and the rear of the cab fills with sulphuric acid to destroy the corpse.
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  • Downplayed: The cab driver makes an innocent-sounding radio call to his boss, and Don Rossini sends a couple of goons to where Alice wants to go.
  • Justified: The cab company is one of Don Rossini's money-laundering fronts.
  • Inverted: Alice is a cab driver who gets robbed or abducted by a criminal fare.
  • Subverted: The cab driver is a very suspicious looking person, but doesn't do anything villainous.
  • Double Subverted: He apparently didn't do anything villainous, but actually planted a bug on her when he helped her out at the end of the journey.
  • Parodied: A cab is about to stop for Alice, when he gets blatantly cut up by a second cab, which is driven by a guy in a fedora with a scar on his face and has "Mafia Cabs: We Take You For A Ride" painted on the side.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Alice gets jumped by her shadows before she even hails a cab.
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  • Enforced: "How should we create tension?" "Let's have the cab driver appear shady and villainous!"
  • Lampshaded: When Alice wakes up tied up in Don Rossini's back room, he greets her with "Don't you read Sherlock Holmes? Never get into the first cab."
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Alice almost enters the cab, but notices something's off about the driver, so she backs off and turns down the cab.
  • Discussed: "Whaddaya mean send her a 'special cab'? That crap only works in the movies!"
  • Conversed: ???

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