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23rd Nov '17 8:57:26 PM theLibrarian
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* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' captures his ghostly enemies and then ... returns them to the Ghost Zone. Which is accessed by a completely uncontrolled portal that opens whenever it feels like it. As well as a basically unlimited number of other portals that randomly connect the Zone to various points in time and space. This isn't even to mention that some ghosts, like Johnny 13, can open portals whenever they feel like it! It's small wonder that "caught" ghosts often return in ''the very next episode''.

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* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' captures his ghostly enemies and then ... returns them to the Ghost Zone. Which is accessed by a completely uncontrolled portal that opens whenever it feels like it. As well as a basically unlimited number of other portals that randomly connect the Zone to various points in time and space. This isn't even to mention that some ghosts, like Johnny 13, can open portals whenever they feel like it! It's small wonder that "caught" ghosts often return in ''the very next episode''. The setup to one episode even involves Danny's father repeatedly ''pressing the button that opens the portal'', with ghosts flying out with each press. There's ''a queue forming on the other side.''
5th Nov '17 5:51:10 PM thatother1dude
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** The series starts off with the gang going to control a prison break. (Oddly enough, it was a bad guy breaking in instead of the prisoners trying to break out.)
** The trope isn't just limited to this galaxy, either. When questioned on her reappearance, as she was supposed to be locked up in some galactic prison, Blackfire nonchalantly commented, "I got bored, so I broke out." (What ''really'' makes this odd is that the SpacePolice who arrested her in the first place were guys who were even able to give the team a good deal of trouble.)

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** The series starts off with first episode has Plasmus being broken out of jail, and [[TerribleTrio the gang going to control a prison break. (Oddly enough, it HIVE trio's]] first appearance made mention of their headmaster retrieving them after they were defeated. Otherwise, every arrested villain will just show up again without explanation, and we don't even see any in prison. Literally the only villain who ''stayed'' in jail was a bad guy breaking in instead of Brother Blood, the prisoners trying to break out.)
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** The trope isn't just even limited to this galaxy, Earth prisons, either. When questioned on her reappearance, as she was supposed to be locked up in some galactic prison, Blackfire nonchalantly commented, "I got bored, so I broke out." (What ''really'' makes this odd is that the SpacePolice who arrested her in the first place were guys who were even able to give the team a good deal of trouble.place .)



** In "Lisa on Ice", Chief Wiggum agrees to let out a bunch of prisoners so they can watch the little league hockey finals, but only if they promise to come back afterwards. When the prisoners refuses to even ''pretend'' that they'll agree to do this, Wiggum lets them out anyway.

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** In "Lisa on Ice", Chief Wiggum agrees to let out a bunch of prisoners so they can watch the little league hockey finals, but only if they promise to come back afterwards. When the prisoners refuses [[NotEvenBotheringWithAnExcuse refuse to even even]] ''pretend'' that they'll agree to do this, Wiggum lets them out anyway.



--->'''Snake:''' Screw the honour system.
--->'''Kearney:''' You're ruining it for the rest of us!

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--->'''Snake:''' Screw the honour system.
--->'''Kearney:'''
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'''Kearney:'''
You're ruining it for the rest of us!
28th Oct '17 2:24:00 PM darkemyst
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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': Azkaban devolves into this. Whereas in [[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban book three]] it is said that Sirius Black is the first to ever escape from Azkaban, in the very [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire next book]] it is discovered that Barty Crouch Jr. had been snuck out some time ago (granted by a very powerful and skilled Auror), and in [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix book 5]] everyone gets out when the dementors switch sides.
26th Oct '17 10:59:57 AM youfeelingluckypunk27
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* In spite of the 24-hour surveillance, the animals in ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'' can easily break out of Central Park Zoo, and are only caught once they all get to Grand Central Station.
29th Sep '17 5:47:21 PM Jacob175
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After the previous attempt, Zenigata moves the cage on a desert island. Only Zenigata surveils it, as he knows all of Lupin tricks and [[ProperlyParanoid can guess his new ones]]. ''Lupin still breaks out''. It takes him six months, [[spoiler:using a brush made with his own hair and colours made from the food to paint a fake body and [[FakingTheDead feigning he let himself starve to death]]]] to get Zenigata to open it and thus switch places, but he ''still'' breaks out.

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After the previous attempt, Zenigata moves the cage on a desert island. Only Zenigata surveils surveys it, as he knows all of Lupin Lupin's tricks and [[ProperlyParanoid can guess his new ones]]. ''Lupin still breaks out''. It takes him six months, [[spoiler:using a brush made with his own hair and colours made from the food to paint a fake body and [[FakingTheDead feigning he let himself starve to death]]]] to get Zenigata to open it and thus switch places, but he ''still'' breaks out.



** When Superman decided it was time to start running the world himself in ''ComicBook/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'', one of the first things he did was shut down Arkham and relocate all the prisoners. He even pointed out in an interview how ludicrous it was that Arkham could still be allowed to run when it can't hold prisoners or reform them.



** The first on-page arrest of Diabolik has the title character kept in jail long enough to be tried and sentenced to death, with Eva (who at the time had just become his lover and accomplice, thus their relationship wasn't publicily known yet) present at every session of the trial. Diabolik, expecting to die, ''winked in Morse code to tell Eva where she could find his loot and tools '''in public''''', so she could make herself a new life away from her StalkerWithACrush... Except Eva bribed the guards of the death cell to bring her Diabolik just for the night before his execution, kidnapped her stalker, and when the guards brought Diabolik to her he had the tools to make a mask with his face and brainwash the stalker, so that Diabolik could take the identity of the stalker (who just happened to be above suspicions, what with being a high-ranking functionary in the ''ministry of justice'') and marry her, with the evidence being destroyed when the body of the fake Diabolik was cremated as per Diabolik's own last will (implying Eva somehow told him to do it, given it's the only reason he did it). The only reason it didn't work was that Ginko realized that 'Diabolik' had been drugged just as the executioner released the guillotine's blade, leading to the discovery and the bribed guards confessing what happened...

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** The first on-page arrest of Diabolik has the title character kept in jail long enough to be tried and sentenced to death, with Eva (who at the time had just become his lover and accomplice, thus their relationship wasn't publicily publicly known yet) present at every session of the trial. Diabolik, expecting to die, ''winked in Morse code to tell Eva where she could find his loot and tools '''in public''''', so she could make herself a new life away from her StalkerWithACrush... Except Eva bribed the guards of the death cell to bring her Diabolik just for the night before his execution, kidnapped her stalker, and when the guards brought Diabolik to her he had the tools to make a mask with his face and brainwash the stalker, so that Diabolik could take the identity of the stalker (who just happened to be above suspicions, what with being a high-ranking functionary in the ''ministry of justice'') and marry her, with the evidence being destroyed when the body of the fake Diabolik was cremated as per Diabolik's own last will (implying Eva somehow told him to do it, given it's the only reason he did it). The only reason it didn't work was that Ginko realized that 'Diabolik' had been drugged just as the executioner released the guillotine's blade, leading to the discovery and the bribed guards confessing what happened...



* During an imagination episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh'' that portrayed a [[TheWildWest Wild West]] train robbery, Pooh and Tigger are put in one of these. Not only were the bars wide enough for the characters to walk through ''(and they do)'', but also there was ''no back wall''.

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* During an imagination episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh'' that portrayed a [[TheWildWest Wild West]] train robbery, Pooh and Tigger are put in one of these. Not only were the bars wide enough for the characters to walk through ''(and they do)'', but also there was ''no back wall''. When Tigger comes to break Pooh out of jail, he unlocks the cell door but then they leave through the missing wall, and when they get caught again later they somehow don't think of just walking out the same way again.



* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh'' that took play mostly in a Western themed FanatasySequence, the jail cell where Pooh and later Tigger are put in for stealing a train has bars that are wide enough to step between and the cell is completely missing its back wall. When Tigger comes to break Pooh out of jail, he unlocks the cell door but then they leave through the missing wall, and when they get caught again later they somehow don't think of just walking out the same way again.
10th Sep '17 9:47:49 AM Scorntex
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* ''ComicBook/{{Royals}}:'' At the beginning, Maximus the Mad is imprisoned, and later drugged into insensibility to prevent him doing ''anything'' so he won't escape. Three issues later, it turns out he'd escaped long before then, what with being CrazyPrepared and all. After learning this, Medusa dryly notes there's no point trying to lock him up anywhere else, since he'll just escape again.
4th Sep '17 11:15:04 AM legendaryweredragon
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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh'' that took play mostly in a Western themed FanatasySequence, the jail cell where Pooh and later Tigger are put in for stealing a train has bars that are wide enough to step between and the cell is completely missing its back wall. When Tigger comes to break Pooh out of jail, he unlocks the cell door but then they leave through the missing wall, and when they get caught again later they somehow don't think of just walking out the same way again.
31st Aug '17 1:10:26 AM PaulA
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* In the remake of ''Film/ThreeTenToYuma'', the titular prison fits this trope. It is established late in the film that [[Creator/RussellCrowe Ben Wade]] has already escaped from Yuma at least twice before the events of the movie. After [[spoiler:Dan Evans and Wade's posse die]], Wade willingly steps onto the train and sets off on his trip towards the prison -- but ''not'' before he calls his faithful horse to ride alongside the train, proving that as soon as the film ends, he'll simply escape again.

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* In the remake of ''Film/ThreeTenToYuma'', ''Film/ThreeTenToYuma2007'', the titular prison fits this trope. It is established late in the film that [[Creator/RussellCrowe Ben Wade]] has already escaped from Yuma at least twice before the events of the movie. After [[spoiler:Dan Evans and Wade's posse die]], Wade willingly steps onto the train and sets off on his trip towards the prison -- but ''not'' before he calls his faithful horse to ride alongside the train, proving that as soon as the film ends, he'll simply escape again.
18th Aug '17 12:28:08 AM Benthelame
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* ''Anime/{{Naruto}}'' has an example in the form of [[DumbMuscle The Legendary]] [[TooDumbToLive Stupid Brothers]]. They can leave their cell anytime they'd like due to their Herculean strength. They are [[FoodAsBribe only persuaded to stay put]] [[BigEater with food.]] Even the ninja tasked with guarding them shows a measure of fear when he realizes he hasn't got any on hand. Given that [[DisproportionateRetribution they killed a man over food and thus became incarcerated in the first place]] it's not entirely difficult to understand. When they finally do escape due to [[ConservationOfCompetence Mizuki's manipulation]], they only need to be told that it's dinnertime at the prison to go back.
17th Aug '17 11:59:16 PM Benthelame
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* In ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'' any prison is this for Le Quack. In one of his appearances he is thrown into an armored truck by a police officer and driven away. Literally seconds later, we cut to the same truck. It has been completely destroyed. Le Quack is wandering the road alone; He is clad in the uniform of the police officer who apprehended him. In his second appearance he actually makes it to prison but just as the episode fades to black we see the same prison with all of its barbed wire fences on fire and Le Quack standing outside of them. There is no humor, there is nothing to even take the edge off. It's pure FridgeHorror.
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