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13th Jan '16 10:39:26 AM StFan
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->'''Hobbes:''' We're going out the window? ->'''Calvin:''' We're going out the window.
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->'''Hobbes:''' We're going out the window? ->'''Calvin:''' window?\\ '''Calvin:''' We're going out the window.

The second snag that never occurs should be getting the window open. Has no one ever heard of glass, locks, or bars? (Of course, if they have, the solution may be for someone to send them [[JailBake a cake with a file in]].)
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The second snag that never occurs should be getting the window open. Has no one no-one ever heard of glass, locks, or bars? (Of course, if they have, the solution may be for someone to send them [[JailBake a cake with a file in]].)

Note: This was tested by the ''Series/MythBusters'' and ''confirmed''-- Grant was able to climb down a 14-story building using a rope made from prison bedsheets. Kari did it with [[RapunzelHair human hair plaited into a rope]], while Tory did the same thing with ''toilet paper''.
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Note: This was tested by the ''Series/MythBusters'' and ''confirmed''-- ''confirmed'' -- Grant was able to climb down a 14-story building using a rope made from prison bedsheets. Kari did it with [[RapunzelHair human hair plaited into a rope]], while Tory did the same thing with ''toilet paper''.

** ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries''' take: [[DidntThinkThisThrough "I probably should have thought this throoooooouugh!"]] *** "Oof! I sure am glad I'm a cartoon!"

* Euphemia uses one in her debut episode of ''CodeGeass''. It's about two stories too short, so of course [[MeetCute she falls into the arms of her future romantic interest]]. * In ''IppatsuKikimusume'', Kunyan is stuck in the restroom. To get out, she braids a rope out of toilet paper. It works, but about halfway down, rain dissolves the paper so yeah...
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* Euphemia uses one in her debut episode of ''CodeGeass''.''Anime/CodeGeass''. It's about two stories too short, so of course [[MeetCute she falls into the arms of her future romantic interest]]. * In ''IppatsuKikimusume'', ''Anime/IppatsuKikimusume'', Kunyan is stuck in the restroom. To get out, she braids a rope out of toilet paper. It works, but about halfway down, rain dissolves the paper so yeah...paper....

[[folder:Fan Fic]] * Calvin uses this a few times in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries''. * Harry attempts this in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9300041/2/In-Betweens-Book-5-What-Ifs In Betweens: Book 5 What-Ifs]]'' when his uncle has men from St. Brutus' Secure Center for Incurably Criminal Boys come to pick him up, but doesn't get very far down it before they drag him kicking and screaming from his excuse for a room.
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[[folder:Fan Fic]] [[folder:Comic Strips]] * Nicely subverted by ComicStrip/ModestyBlaise; she carefully keeps track of the guard rotations and uses equipment specially [[VictoriasSecretCompartment smuggled in her bra]] to saw through the bar. When the guard sees the Bedsheet Ladder and rushes into the cell, she brains him from behind with the cut out bar. Now she has the run of the place to recon the real escape before hiding in the neighboring cell. * One ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' strip had Calvin use one of these to sneak out of the house and phone his dad that "It is now three in the morning. Do you know where I am?" * Nasty uses this a few times in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries''. * Harry attempts this in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9300041/2/In-Betweens-Book-5-What-Ifs In Betweens: Book 5 What-Ifs]]'' when his uncle has men one to escape from St. Brutus' Secure Center for Incurably Criminal Boys come to pick him up, but doesn't get very far down it before they drag him kicking and screaming Hunter Yurk's compound in ''ComicStrip/TerryAndThePirates''. * The escape-obsessed crayfish in ''ComicStrip/{{Swamp}}'' escapes from his excuse for tank in one strip by tying all of the diner's dishcloths together into a room.rope. * ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'': Jason places a ladder constructed of tied together handkerchiefs in Quincy's cage, along with a book on lock picking and a few paperclips and hair clips, in an attempt to create plausible deniability when turns the iguana loose in Paige's sleepover.

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[[folder:Film - Animated]][[folder:Fan Works]] * Calvin uses this a few times in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries''. * Harry attempts this in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9300041/2/In-Betweens-Book-5-What-Ifs In Betweens: Book 5 What-Ifs]]'' when his uncle has men from St. Brutus' Secure Center for Incurably Criminal Boys come to pick him up, but doesn't get very far down it before they drag him kicking and screaming from his excuse for a room. [[/folder]] [[folder:Films -- Animation]]

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* ''Film/JamesBond''
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* Done with a rope in the MarxBrothers ''HorseFeathers'' - Chico and Harpo are locked into an upstairs room by the rival football team, but Harpo luckily has a large piece of rope in his coat. Chico tells him "Tie on-a the bed, throw out the window!" Harpo takes off his tie, drops it on the bed, and throws the rope out the window.
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* Done with a rope in the MarxBrothers ''HorseFeathers'' - Creator/MarxBrothers' ''Film/HorseFeathers''. Chico and Harpo are locked into an upstairs room by the rival football team, but Harpo luckily has a large piece of rope in his coat. Chico tells him "Tie on-a the bed, throw out the window!" Harpo takes off his tie, drops it on the bed, and throws the rope out the window.

[[folder: Folk Tales]] * "Literature/{{Rapunzel}}, Rapunzel, let down your [[RapunzelHair hair]]!" Slightly unusual in that the braid was also the only way ''up'' the tower, and it was intended for other people to access said tower. ** The main illustrations that show her wrapping it about some kind of hook are wise. The hair could probably take the weight; it's keeping the weight from unrooting your hair that's the problem, and a hook would do it. ** Creator/TheBrothersGrimm have the prince bringing her stuff to make a replacement rope when she gives the game away. Apparently he never thought of just bringing ''a rope''. [[/folder]]

[[folder: Folk Tales]] * "Literature/{{Rapunzel}}, ''Literature/{{Rapunzel}}'': "Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your [[RapunzelHair hair]]!" Slightly unusual in that the braid was also the only way ''up'' the tower, and it was intended for other people to access said tower. ** tower. The main illustrations that show her wrapping it about some kind of hook are wise. The hair could probably take the weight; it's keeping the weight from unrooting your hair that's the problem, and a hook would do it. ** it. Creator/TheBrothersGrimm have the prince bringing her stuff to make a replacement rope when she gives the game away. Apparently he never thought of just bringing ''a rope''. [[/folder]] rope''.

* In Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/TheEyesOfTheDragon,'' a prince attempts this with individual threads of the napkins. Guess whether he succeeded or not. ** This being Stephen King, [[spoiler: he has to jump the last 50 feet or so.]]
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* In Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/TheEyesOfTheDragon,'' a prince attempts this with individual threads of the napkins. Guess whether he succeeded or not. ** not. This being Stephen King, [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he has to jump the last 50 feet or so.]]

* This is NOT done in ''TheShieldOfStars''. The main character escapes through a trapdoor. However, he thoughtfully makes a rope blanket and tosses it out the window anyway, just in case the guards thought he really was stupid enough to try that death-defying drop onto jagged rocks. (And lucky enough to survive, too!)
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* This is NOT done in ''TheShieldOfStars''.''Literature/TheShieldOfStars''. The main character escapes through a trapdoor. However, he thoughtfully makes a rope blanket and tosses it out the window anyway, just in case the guards thought he really was stupid enough to try that death-defying drop onto jagged rocks. (And lucky enough to survive, too!)

* In Literature/TheBible itself, Michal helps her beloved David escape her father King Saul's wrath with this trick. She also sticks a human-sized idol in his bed so she can tell her father's messengers he's sick and still asleep.
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* In Literature/TheBible itself, Literature/TheBible: ** Michal helps her beloved David escape her father King Saul's wrath with this trick. She also sticks a human-sized idol in his bed so she can tell her father's messengers he's sick and still asleep.

* In Creator/RobertEHoward's "Literature/TheSlitheringShadow", ConanTheBarbarian uses a tapestry instead of sheets.
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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's "Literature/TheSlitheringShadow", ConanTheBarbarian Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian uses a tapestry instead of sheets.

* ''Literature/JamesBond''
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* ''Literature/JamesBond''''Literature/JamesBond'':

[[folder:Live Action TV]] * A rare subversion occurred on ''Series/JeevesAndWooster'' when Gussie wanted to use Bertie's sheet to escape. Bertie refused to let him, as much because it wouldn't work as because he didn't want his sheets dirty and knotted. ** To be fair, Bertie's been known to use his sheets for the same purpose. At least in [[Literature/JeevesAndWooster the books]].
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[[folder:Live Action [[folder:Live-Action TV]] * A rare subversion occurred on ''Series/JeevesAndWooster'' when Gussie wanted to use Bertie's sheet to escape. Bertie refused to let him, as much because it wouldn't work as because he didn't want his sheets dirty and knotted. ** knotted. To be fair, Bertie's been known to use his sheets for the same purpose. At least in [[Literature/JeevesAndWooster the books]].

-->'''Steed''': How did you get out? -->'''Mrs. Peel''': I knotted some sheets and climbed out the window. -->'''Steed''': Oh, that old thing. -->'''Mrs. Peel''': Well, originality didn't seem important at the time.
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-->'''Steed''': -->'''Steed:''' How did you get out? -->'''Mrs. Peel''': out?\\ '''Mrs. Peel:''' I knotted some sheets and climbed out the window. -->'''Steed''': window.\\ '''Steed:''' Oh, that old thing. -->'''Mrs. Peel''': thing.\\ '''Mrs. Peel:''' Well, originality didn't seem important at the time. time.

[[folder:Machinima]] * Referred in episode 42 of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', when Church and Grif were trapped in a cell and left to die. -->'''Church''': We gotta find a way to escape, Grif. -->'''Grif''': If only we had bedsheets. -->'''Church''': There's no window. What good is tying together bedsheets gonna do us? -->'''Grif''': Who said anything about tying them together? I wanna take a nap. If I have to die of hunger, I wanna do it in my sleep. [[/folder]]

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]] * Nicely subverted by ComicStrip/ModestyBlaise; she carefully keeps track of the guard rotations and uses equipment specially [[VictoriasSecretCompartment smuggled in her bra]] to saw through the bar. When the guard sees the Bedsheet Ladder and rushes into the cell, she brains him from behind with the cut out bar. Now she has the run of the place to recon the real escape before hiding in the neighboring cell. * One ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' strip had Calvin use one of these to sneak out of the house and phone his dad that "It is now three in the morning. Do you know where I am?" * Nasty uses one to escape from Hunter Yurk's compund in ''TerryAndThePirates''. * The escape-obsessed crayfish in ''ComicStrip/{{Swamp}}'' escapes from his tank in one strip by tying all of the diner's dishcloths together into a rope. * ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'': Jason places a ladder constructed of tied together handkerchiefs in Quincy's cage, along with a book on lock picking and a few paperclips and hair clips, in an attempt to create plausible deniability when turns the iguana loose in Paige's sleepover. [[/folder]]

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]] [[folder:Web Animation]] * Nicely subverted by ComicStrip/ModestyBlaise; she carefully keeps track Referred in episode 42 of the guard rotations ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', when Church and uses equipment specially [[VictoriasSecretCompartment smuggled Grif were trapped in her bra]] to saw through the bar. When the guard sees the Bedsheet Ladder a cell and rushes into the cell, she brains him from behind with the cut out bar. Now she has the run of the place left to recon the real escape before hiding in the neighboring cell. * One ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' strip die. -->'''Church:''' We gotta find a way to escape, Grif.\\ '''Grif:''' If only we had Calvin use one of these to sneak out of the house and phone his dad that "It bedsheets.\\ '''Church:''' There's no window. What good is now three in the morning. Do you know where I am?" * Nasty uses one to escape from Hunter Yurk's compund in ''TerryAndThePirates''. * The escape-obsessed crayfish in ''ComicStrip/{{Swamp}}'' escapes from his tank in one strip by tying all of the diner's dishcloths together into bedsheets gonna do us?\\ '''Grif:''' Who said anything about tying them together? I wanna take a rope. * ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'': Jason places a ladder constructed nap. If I have to die of tied together handkerchiefs hunger, I wanna do it in Quincy's cage, along with a book on lock picking and a few paperclips and hair clips, in an attempt to create plausible deniability when turns the iguana loose in Paige's sleepover. my sleep. [[/folder]]

* ''WebComic/{{Precocious}}'': [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2011/02/23 All she wanted to do]]. Which is why her parents planted roses under the window.
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* ''WebComic/{{Precocious}}'': ''Webcomic/{{Precocious}}'': [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2011/02/23 All she wanted to do]]. Which is why her parents planted roses under the window.

* In ''WereAlive'' one of these was used to escape the hospital in Chapter 23. [[spoiler: Unfortunately it broke, leaving Angel and Burt trapped.]]
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* In ''WereAlive'' ''AudioPlay/WereAlive'', one of these was is used to escape the hospital in Chapter 23. [[spoiler: Unfortunately [[spoiler:Unfortunately it broke, breaks, leaving Angel and Burt trapped.]]

* WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck does it to escape from gangsters in the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes short ''Golden Yeggs'', but the bottom half of the ladder turns out the be the gangsters themselves. ** Did anyone else find it particularly funny that, as a ''duck'', there's no real reason for him to bother with the rope in the first place... ** In ''Porky Pig's Feat'', Daffy and Porky use one to try and escape a hotel without paying. The hotel manager catches them at the bottom and gives Porky a hotfoot that sends them flying back up the Bedsheet Ladder to their room. *** Daffy stops along the way to ogle in a window and wolf whistle - going down and again going back up. * In the [[ClassicDisneyShorts Mickey Mouse cartoon]] ''Ye Olden Days'', when rescuing Princess Minnie Mickey is surprised to find that there is no prearranged rope in the tower she's locked away in, so he constructs one out of lady in waiting Clarabelle Cow's many articles of clothing. The couple is caught on their way down while passing the King's window.
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* WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes: ** WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck does it to escape from gangsters in the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes the short ''Golden Yeggs'', but the bottom half of the ladder turns out the be the gangsters themselves. ** Did anyone else find it particularly funny that, as a ''duck'', there's no real reason for him to bother with the rope in the first place... ** In ''Porky Pig's Feat'', Daffy and Porky use one to try and escape a hotel without paying. The hotel manager catches them at the bottom and gives Porky a hotfoot that sends them flying back up the Bedsheet Ladder to their room. *** room. Daffy stops along the way to ogle in a window and wolf whistle - -- going down and again going back up. * In the [[ClassicDisneyShorts [[WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts Mickey Mouse cartoon]] ''Ye Olden Days'', when rescuing Princess Minnie Mickey is surprised to find that there is no prearranged rope in the tower she's locked away in, so he constructs one out of lady in waiting Clarabelle Cow's many articles of clothing. The couple is caught on their way down while passing the King's window.

* In ''WesternAnimation/PuffTheMagicDragon and the Incredible Mr. Nobody,'' Terry, after being told by his parents that his eponymous imaginary friend isn't real, and unable to find him after that talk, runs away to find his friend by making a bedsheet rope and climbing out the window. But since his friend wasn't there to help him tie the knots, the rope comes apart, and he lands in Puff's waiting arms. They go on a journey and eventually find Mr. Nobody, and Terry resolves his issues. [[spoiler:Then it's revealed that he actually landed in the lilac bush outside his window and had been [[AllJustADream knocked out the whole time]].]]
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* In ''WesternAnimation/PuffTheMagicDragon and the Incredible Mr. Nobody,'' Nobody'', Terry, after being told by his parents that his eponymous imaginary friend isn't real, and unable to find him after that talk, runs away to find his friend by making a bedsheet rope and climbing out the window. But since his friend wasn't there to help him tie the knots, the rope comes apart, and he lands in Puff's waiting arms. They go on a journey and eventually find Mr. Nobody, and Terry resolves his issues. [[spoiler:Then it's revealed that he actually landed in the lilac bush outside his window and had been [[AllJustADream knocked out the whole time]].]]

* ''BobsBurgers'': Linda turns their home into a bed-and-breakfast and manically insists their guests participate in her 'fun' activities - when she locks the guests in their rooms, a couple try a bedsheet ladder escape, but need to ask for help when the ladder is too short.
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* ''BobsBurgers'': ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'': Linda turns their home into a bed-and-breakfast and manically insists their guests participate in her 'fun' activities - when she locks the guests in their rooms, a couple try a bedsheet ladder escape, but need to ask for help when the ladder is too short.
12th Jan '16 10:28:09 AM AHI-3000
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* Riley attempted this from ''TheBoondocks''. This literally backfired as Huey lit the rope on fire. Riley immediately retreated to his room.
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' episode "Home Alone", Riley attempted this to try and escape from ''TheBoondocks''. his room (Huey had grounded him). This literally backfired as Huey lit the rope on fire. fire, so Riley immediately retreated to into his room.
2nd Jan '16 8:43:34 AM Doug86
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* In one episode of ''ILoveLucy'', Lucy attempts to escape from an alleged apartment fire via a ladder made of bedsheets. While they unloop while she's climbing down, her fall is broken by the apartment building canopy. There are other reasons for hijinks, though, which do ensue.
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* In one episode of ''ILoveLucy'', ''Series/ILoveLucy'', Lucy attempts to escape from an alleged apartment fire via a ladder made of bedsheets. While they unloop while she's climbing down, her fall is broken by the apartment building canopy. There are other reasons for hijinks, though, which do ensue.
8th Oct '15 9:00:58 AM Scabbard
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* ''BobsBurgers'' - Linda turns their home into a bed-and-breakfast and manically insists their guests participate in her 'fun' activities - when she locks the guests in their rooms, a couple try a bedsheet ladder escape, but need to ask for help when the ladder is too short.
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* ''BobsBurgers'' - ''BobsBurgers'': Linda turns their home into a bed-and-breakfast and manically insists their guests participate in her 'fun' activities - when she locks the guests in their rooms, a couple try a bedsheet ladder escape, but need to ask for help when the ladder is too short.
1st Oct '15 6:22:32 PM eroock
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* In ''Film/SullivansTravels'', this is how Sullivan escapes from the home of the horny widow.
20th Sep '15 9:19:21 PM DrFraud
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* In an illustration for a story told in ''Dark Realm: Queen of Flames'' the older of twin princesses uses one to escape from a palace balcony when she runs away after their father's death.
13th Aug '15 5:36:25 PM eowynjedi
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* ''Literature/{{Uprooted}}'' has a variant when Agnieszka uses all the dresses from Dragon's GorgeousGarmentGeneration spell to climb down from the tower (which is unoccupied apart from herself and the absent Dragon) and answer the distress beacon from her hometown. It's rather harrowing because it's night, so she doesn't know if the ladder is actually long enough, and the tower has such smooth sides that her shoulders end up very sore at the end of the climb.
6th Aug '15 5:22:16 AM Winter
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I think it worked... until someone pointed it out, at least
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* In ''Film/TheAdventuresOfBaronMunchausen'', the Baron and his companions descend from the Moon to the Earth by tying a lock of the Queen of the Moon's hair to a horn of the crescent Moon. It's not quite long enough, so the Baron cuts off the top end and tells the guy at the bottom to tie it on. This works, somehow.
17th Jul '15 4:04:55 PM VMacek
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* ''BobsBurgers'' - Linda turns their home into a bed-and-breakfast and manically insists their guest participate in 'fun' activities - when she locks the guests in their rooms, a couple try a bedsheet ladder escape, but need to ask for help when the ladder is too short.
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* ''BobsBurgers'' - Linda turns their home into a bed-and-breakfast and manically insists their guest guests participate in her 'fun' activities - when she locks the guests in their rooms, a couple try a bedsheet ladder escape, but need to ask for help when the ladder is too short.
17th Jul '15 4:04:23 PM VMacek
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* ''BobsBurgers'' - Linda turns their home into a bed-and-breakfast and manically insists their guest participate in 'fun' activities - when she locks the guests in their rooms, a couple try a bedsheet ladder escape, but need to ask for help when the ladder is too short.
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