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26th Aug '16 6:24:49 PM JackG
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* ''Manga/BlackLagoon''. Inverted in "Greenback Jane" where the title character waits till one of her guards goes to the toilet, then locks him inside by tying up the handle. She then breaks a computer over the head of the other guard.
18th Aug '16 7:44:54 AM Ohio9
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* In a skit on ''Series/ChappellesShow'', Tyrone Biggums is confronted by a group of people he had wronged and they try to force him to go into drug rehab. At this point, Tyrone goes to the bathroom to attempt an escape, but then realizes the restroom has no windows, so he flushes himself down the toilet.
14th Aug '16 3:33:54 PM eroock
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* In ''Film/BloodSimple'', Abby flees from Visser through her bathroom window into the next room.
8th Aug '16 1:54:42 PM Willbyr
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8th Aug '16 1:54:34 PM Willbyr
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* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' "What's Eating Gilbert Grissom?", the suspect asks for a bathroom break. After taking longer than he should, they bust down the stall door, thinking he escaped, but instead, he committed suicide by suffocating himself with a plastic bag.

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* In the ''Series/{{CSI}}'' episode "What's Eating Gilbert Grissom?", the suspect asks for a bathroom break. After taking longer than he should, they bust down the stall door, thinking he escaped, but instead, find instead that he committed suicide by suffocating himself with a plastic bag.



* In the adaptation of ''[[Literature/TommyAndTuppence The Secret Advesary]]'' on ''Series/PartnersInCrime'', Jane Finn escapes from Brown by locking herself in the train bathroom, smashing a window and climbing out.

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* In the adaptation of ''[[Literature/TommyAndTuppence The Secret Advesary]]'' Adversary]]'' on ''Series/PartnersInCrime'', Jane Finn escapes from Brown by locking herself in the train bathroom, smashing a window and climbing out.



* In ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' Sven sneaks out through the [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=680 bathroom window]] to avoid having to deal with his ex who's looking for him. Faye guesses this and waits outside for him. Further subverted when the ex-girlfriend reveals that she knew all along that he was doing this, she just wanted to make him squirm for revenge.

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* In ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' Sven sneaks out through the [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=680 bathroom window]] to avoid having to deal with his ex who's looking for him. Faye guesses this and waits outside for him. Further subverted when the ex-girlfriend reveals that she knew all along that he was doing this, she this and just wanted to make him squirm for revenge.



* When Winston Churchill was a prisoner of the Boers he got out of the POW camp by crawling through a latrine window that overlooked a deep gully. He hid in the gully until full dark, then traveled overland to neutral territory.

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* When Winston Churchill UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill was a prisoner of the Boers he got out of the POW camp by crawling through a latrine window that overlooked a deep gully. He hid in the gully until full dark, then traveled overland to neutral territory.


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3rd Aug '16 2:09:41 AM StFan
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-->-- [[Creator/RogerEbert Ebert]]'s Bigger Little Movie Glossary

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* In an ''ArchieComics'' story where a bad guy had taken over the school with a teacher robot, Jughead got out and was able to save the real teachers by asking to use the bathroom.
* In ''Comicbook/{{Empowered}}'', Emp talks about how she thought about doing this but decided against it, because it might dissuade crooks from allowing captured heroines to use the bathroom in the future.

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* In an ''ArchieComics'' ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' story where a bad guy had has taken over the school with a teacher robot, Jughead got gets out and was is able to save the real teachers by asking to use the bathroom.
* In ''Comicbook/{{Empowered}}'', ''ComicBook/{{Empowered}}'', Emp talks about how she thought about doing this but decided against it, because it might dissuade crooks from allowing captured heroines to use the bathroom in the future.



* Bob from ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable'' does it to escape from Nitro's game when sitting for Weird Pete in "A Man Out Standing In His Field".
* In the ending of the ''ComicBook/{{Batman}}'' story "And the Executioner Wore Stiletto Heels", Stiletto ([[TalkingYourWayOut who has excellent persuasion abilities]]) escapes death row this way, by asking for a bathroom break some time before execution.

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* Bob from ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable'' does it to escape from Nitro's game when sitting for Weird Pete in "A Man Out Standing In His Field".
* In the ending of the ''ComicBook/{{Batman}}'' story "And the Executioner Wore Stiletto Heels", Stiletto ([[TalkingYourWayOut who has excellent persuasion abilities]]) escapes death row this way, by asking for a bathroom break some time before execution.



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* ''Fanfic/{{Zenith}}'': To escape from the guards keeping an eye on him, Spike pleads that he needs to do his business to a bathroom. The guards eventually realize that Spike's trying to escape and barge in, but by then he's left several misdirecting clues to make them think he's trying an AirVentEscape and rush out to stop him, while he's safely hiding inside an unassuming-looking throw pillow.

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* ''Fanfic/{{Zenith}}'': To Bob from ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable'' does it to escape from the guards keeping an eye on him, Spike pleads that he needs to do his business to a bathroom. The guards eventually realize that Spike's trying to escape and barge in, but by then he's left several misdirecting clues to make them think he's trying an AirVentEscape and rush out to stop him, while he's safely hiding inside an unassuming-looking throw pillow. Nitro's game when sitting for Weird Pete in "A Man Out Standing In His Field".



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* ''Fanfic/{{Zenith}}'': To escape from the guards keeping an eye on him, Spike pleads that he needs to do his business to a bathroom. The guards eventually realize that Spike's trying to escape and barge in, but by then he's left several misdirecting clues to make them think he's trying an AirVentEscape and rush out to stop him, while he's safely hiding inside an unassuming-looking throw pillow.
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* Probably as an homage to this trope (among other EscapeTropes), in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' Woody initially breaks out of the day care centre through a bathroom window.
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* In ''Film/SisterAct'', Dolores slips away from her police escort this way - only to find herself against the mafiosi who are chasing her.
* Inverted in ''Film/TheHobbit'', which includes a scene in which Bilbo and the dwarves sneak ''into'' a house in Laketown [[{{Squick}} via the toilet]] (which is built directly over the water of the lake).

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* In ''Film/SisterAct'', Dolores slips away from her police escort this way - -- only to find herself against the mafiosi who are chasing her.
* Inverted in ''Film/TheHobbit'', ''Film/TheHobbitTheDesolationOfSmaug'', which includes a scene in which Bilbo and the dwarves sneak ''into'' a house in Laketown [[{{Squick}} via the toilet]] (which is built directly over the water of the lake).



* An elaborate example is seen in ''Literature/DaVinciCode''. During the bathroom break, the escaping characters fake an escape through the bathroom window, managing to mislead pursuers.

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* An elaborate example is seen in ''Literature/DaVinciCode''.''Literature/TheDaVinciCode''. During the bathroom break, the escaping characters fake an escape through the bathroom window, managing to mislead pursuers.



* In Dorothy L. Sayer's ''[[Literature/LordPeterWimsey Unnatural Death]]'', Bunter shadows the (female) suspect all the way to a major London railway station, where he sees her enter the ladies' room. He waits at the door. . .and waits. . . and waits. The suspect, thinking she might be trailed, had earlier that day checked a suitcase containing a black cloth coat and a black felt hat; she put these on, re-packing the case with her fur coat and red straw hat. (Remember, women's hats in those days frequently concealed most of the face.) Hence, Bunter was looking for an empty handed woman in a fur coat and a red straw hat; he never noticed the woman in the black cloth coat and chat carrying a suitcase.

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* In Dorothy L. Sayer's ''[[Literature/LordPeterWimsey Unnatural Death]]'', ''Literature/LordPeterWimsey'':
** In ''Unnatural Death'',
Bunter shadows the (female) suspect all the way to a major London railway station, where he sees her enter the ladies' room. He waits at the door. . .door... and waits. . .waits... and waits. The suspect, thinking she might be trailed, had earlier that day checked a suitcase containing a black cloth coat and a black felt hat; she put these on, re-packing the case with her fur coat and red straw hat. (Remember, women's hats in those days frequently concealed most of the face.) Hence, Bunter was looking for an empty handed empty-handed woman in a fur coat and a red straw hat; he never noticed the woman in the black cloth coat and chat hat carrying a suitcase.



* In "Target: Domino Lady" in ''Literature/DominoLady: Sex as a Weapon'', Ellen fakes emotional distress as an excuse to go to the bathroom where she changes to her alter ego and sneaks out the bathroom window.

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* In From "Target: Domino Lady" in ''Literature/DominoLady: Sex as a Weapon'', Ellen fakes emotional distress as an excuse to go to the bathroom where she changes to her alter ego and sneaks out the bathroom window.



* ''Series/HappyDays'': The 1980 episode "Hot Stuff," where Fonzie, Potsie and Ralph use the bathroom window to escape from a burning Arnold's. (The fire the BigBad in this case had nearly engulfed the restaurant, but even so, the three have to rely on some outside help to escape.)

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* ''Series/HappyDays'': The 1980 episode "Hot Stuff," where Fonzie, Potsie and Ralph use the bathroom window to escape from a burning Arnold's. (The fire -- the BigBad in this case -- had nearly engulfed the restaurant, but even so, the three have to rely on some outside help to escape.)



* Kate in ''Series/{{Lost}}'' escaped her police escort at the airport this way.

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* Kate in ''Series/{{Lost}}'' escaped escapes her police escort at the airport this way.



* Happens to Provenza and Flynn in ''Series/TheCloser'' episode "Layover", when they allow two stewardesses they are arresting to use the bathroom before taking them down to the station. To add insult to injury, the stewardesses then steal Provenza's car.
** Also happened in "Next of Kin", with the suspect breaking out of the bathroom of the RV they're transporting him across the country in.

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* ''Series/TheCloser'':
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Happens to Provenza and Flynn in ''Series/TheCloser'' episode "Layover", when they allow two stewardesses they are arresting to use the bathroom before taking them down to the station. To add insult to injury, the stewardesses then steal Provenza's car.
** Also happened happens in "Next of Kin", with the suspect breaking out of the bathroom of the RV they're transporting him across the country in.



* Van Helsing does it in the ''YoungDracula'' episode "Halloscream"; leaving behind a tape of himself whistling to convince Jono that he is still in there.

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* Van Helsing does it in the ''YoungDracula'' ''Series/YoungDracula'' episode "Halloscream"; leaving behind a tape of himself whistling to convince Jono that he is still in there.



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* In ''WebComics/{{Freefall}}'' Florence attempts this but is [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2500/fc02434.htm the bathroom lacks windows or vents large enough to climb through]]. She later uses the fact that it's a women's restroom to [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2500/fc02438.htm distract her male captor]] enough to destroy her remote and escape.
* In ''WebComics/QuestionableContent'' Sven sneaks out through the [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=680 bathroom window]] to avoid having to deal with his ex who's looking for him. Faye guesses this and waits outside for him. Further subverted when the ex-girlfriend reveals that she knew all along that he was doing this, she just wanted to make him squirm for revenge.

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* In ''WebComics/{{Freefall}}'' ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'' Florence attempts this but is [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2500/fc02434.htm the bathroom lacks windows or vents large enough to climb through]]. She later uses the fact that it's a women's restroom to [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2500/fc02438.htm distract her male captor]] enough to destroy her remote and escape.
* In ''WebComics/QuestionableContent'' ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' Sven sneaks out through the [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=680 bathroom window]] to avoid having to deal with his ex who's looking for him. Faye guesses this and waits outside for him. Further subverted when the ex-girlfriend reveals that she knew all along that he was doing this, she just wanted to make him squirm for revenge.



* On ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' when Homer was taking Bart to a behavior correction camp Bart escaped by climbing out the window of the restroom at a highway diner.
** Another time was when Krusty the Clown owed lots of gambling money to Fat Tony and instead of paying escaped through the bathroom. (You can actually hear a car take off, and then a ''plane''. Then Legs tells Fat Tony, [[ComicallyMissingThePoint "When he's done in there, I gotta go."]])
* Probably as an homage to this trope (among other EscapeTropes), in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' Woody initially breaks out of the day care centre through a bathroom window.

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* On ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' when ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** When
Homer was is taking Bart to a behavior correction camp camp, Bart escaped escapes by climbing out the window of the restroom at a highway diner.
** Another time was is when Krusty the Clown owed lots of gambling money to Fat Tony and instead of paying escaped through the bathroom. (You can actually hear a car take off, and then a ''plane''. Then Legs tells Fat Tony, [[ComicallyMissingThePoint "When he's done in there, I gotta go."]])
* Probably as an homage to this trope (among other EscapeTropes), in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' Woody initially breaks out of the day care centre through a bathroom window.
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17th Jul '16 5:31:33 AM Adept
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* An elaborate example is seen in ''DaVinciCode''. During the bathroom break, the escaping characters fake an escape through the bathroom window, managing to mislead pursuers.

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* An elaborate example is seen in ''DaVinciCode''.''Literature/DaVinciCode''. During the bathroom break, the escaping characters fake an escape through the bathroom window, managing to mislead pursuers.



* Kit Kittredge manages this in one of the AmericanGirl books, ''Kit Saves the Day''. She is only ten years old, so it makes a little more sense that she can fit through the bathroom window.
* Somewhat more brute-force version in one of the StephaniePlum books. Steph is being held captive in a bathroom and managed to talk her captors into leaving the building for items they're going to need for planned nastiness inflicted on her. When she discovers a soggy piece of wallboard, she kicks her way through the wall, then leaves via a window in the next room.

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* Kit Kittredge manages this in one of the AmericanGirl American Girl books, ''Kit Saves the Day''. She is only ten years old, so it makes a little more sense that she can fit through the bathroom window.
* Somewhat more brute-force version in one of the StephaniePlum Literature/StephaniePlum books. Steph is being held captive in a bathroom and managed to talk her captors into leaving the building for items they're going to need for planned nastiness inflicted on her. When she discovers a soggy piece of wallboard, she kicks her way through the wall, then leaves via a window in the next room.
17th Jul '16 5:30:12 AM Adept
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* In Dorothy L. Sayer's ''[[LordPeterWimsey Unnatural Death]]'', Bunter shadows the (female) suspect all the way to a major London railway station, where he sees her enter the ladies' room. He waits at the door. . .and waits. . . and waits. The suspect, thinking she might be trailed, had earlier that day checked a suitcase containing a black cloth coat and a black felt hat; she put these on, re-packing the case with her fur coat and red straw hat. (Remember, women's hats in those days frequently concealed most of the face.) Hence, Bunter was looking for an empty handed woman in a fur coat and a red straw hat; he never noticed the woman in the black cloth coat and chat carrying a suitcase.

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* In Dorothy L. Sayer's ''[[LordPeterWimsey ''[[Literature/LordPeterWimsey Unnatural Death]]'', Bunter shadows the (female) suspect all the way to a major London railway station, where he sees her enter the ladies' room. He waits at the door. . .and waits. . . and waits. The suspect, thinking she might be trailed, had earlier that day checked a suitcase containing a black cloth coat and a black felt hat; she put these on, re-packing the case with her fur coat and red straw hat. (Remember, women's hats in those days frequently concealed most of the face.) Hence, Bunter was looking for an empty handed woman in a fur coat and a red straw hat; he never noticed the woman in the black cloth coat and chat carrying a suitcase.



* In the book ''ThingsNotSeen,'' the main character, who has turned invisible, uses a bathroom to change from winter clothing that lets no invisibility show through, to being naked.

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* In the book ''ThingsNotSeen,'' ''Literature/ThingsNotSeen,'' the main character, who has turned invisible, uses a bathroom to change from winter clothing that lets no invisibility show through, to being naked.
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