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28th Nov '16 4:58:24 PM AuraXtreme
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* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds'': Getting caught by the cult around Dark Palace has Link thrown into a cell in the middle of the courtyard he's trying to sneak through. Because the game's whole gimmick is turning into a painting and maneuvering across walls, Link can walk right out. Justified in that, if it weren't for that gimmick, it would be impossible for Link to get out. [[FridgeLogic Which begs the question]] of how the cultists managed to get him ''in''.
25th Nov '16 8:47:44 PM merotoker
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** In issue number two of SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker's own comic book, a pair of bumbling Arkham security guards are fired because The Joker has escaped on their watch ''five'' times. This series was published in the ''mid-seventies''. You know it's bad when people have lampshaded Arkham's poor security for forty-odd years.
** ''ComicBook/ArkhamAsylumLivingHell'' has Commissioner Gordon outraged and chewing out Dr. Carver about the fact a villain called Doodlebug was released, who then added insult to injury by having written in graffitti "Gone to Arkham. Back after lunch" on a wall in an in-universe lampshade of Arkham's security. [[spoiler:It turns out that the "Dr. Carver" who issued Doodlebug's release was an imposter known as "Jane Doe" who'd killed the real Carver before the story, adding to Gordon's point, as does TheReveal of Doodlebug being a serial killer who uses his victim's blood in his paint.]]

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** In issue number two of SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker's ComicBook/TheJoker's own comic book, a pair of bumbling Arkham security guards are fired because The Joker has escaped on their watch ''five'' times. This series was published in the ''mid-seventies''. You know it's bad when people have lampshaded Arkham's poor security for forty-odd years.
** ''ComicBook/ArkhamAsylumLivingHell'' has Commissioner Gordon outraged and chewing out Dr. Carver about the fact a villain called Doodlebug was released, who then added insult to injury by having written in graffitti graffiti "Gone to Arkham. Back after lunch" on a wall in an in-universe lampshade of Arkham's security. [[spoiler:It turns out that the "Dr. Carver" who issued Doodlebug's release was an imposter known as "Jane Doe" who'd killed the real Carver before the story, adding to Gordon's point, as does TheReveal of Doodlebug being a serial killer who uses his victim's blood in his paint.]]



** This is discussed in the ''ComicBook/{{New 52}}'' revamp of ''ComicBook/SupermanBatman''. Batman meets his older ComicBook/{{Earth 2}} counterpart, and finds out that Earth 2 Gotham is now crime-free thanks to the Supreme Court closing down Arkham and authorizing the use of [[HumanPopsicle cryogenic stasis]] to permanently inter supervillains. A brief glimpse of the facility shows SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker and even Sinestro quietly locked up and frozen. That's not enough for [[spoiler: the new Batman]], who [[spoiler:shoots the Joker without waking him]].

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** This is discussed in the ''ComicBook/{{New 52}}'' revamp of ''ComicBook/SupermanBatman''. Batman meets his older ComicBook/{{Earth 2}} counterpart, and finds out that Earth 2 Gotham is now crime-free thanks to the Supreme Court closing down Arkham and authorizing the use of [[HumanPopsicle cryogenic stasis]] to permanently inter supervillains. A brief glimpse of the facility shows SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker and even Sinestro quietly locked up and frozen. That's not enough for [[spoiler: the new Batman]], who [[spoiler:shoots the Joker without waking him]].



-->'''[[WesternAnimation/{{TeenTitans}} Robin]]:''' One of these days, we're finally going to discover just where the contractor used cardboard instead of concrete to build the prison walls so he could save a few bucks.

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-->'''[[WesternAnimation/{{TeenTitans}} -->'''[[WesternAnimation/TeenTitans Robin]]:''' One of these days, we're finally going to discover just where the contractor used cardboard instead of concrete to build the prison walls so he could save a few bucks.



* The resident superhero in ''Film/MysteryMen'' (a spoof of superhero movies) gets tired of catching thugs, having caught all the supervillains long ago, and uses his influence to get the parole board to release one of his former enemies from an institution for the criminally insane. However, he underestimates his foe, is captured, and subsequently ends up dead.
** Notably, [[AwesomeMccoolname Casanova Frankenstein]] is one of the only nemeses he has ''left'', the others having [[RealityEnsues been given the death penalty or life imprisonment]] already.

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* The resident superhero in ''Film/MysteryMen'' (a spoof of superhero movies) gets tired of catching thugs, having caught all the supervillains long ago, and uses his influence to get the parole board to release one of his former enemies from an institution for the criminally insane. However, he underestimates his foe, is captured, and subsequently ends up dead.
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dead. Notably, [[AwesomeMccoolname Casanova Frankenstein]] is one of the only nemeses he has ''left'', the others having [[RealityEnsues been given the death penalty or life imprisonment]] already.



* The juvenile maximum-security facility in [[Literature/CHERUBSeries Maximum Security]]. James escapes with a literal piece of cardboard, exploiting a real security flaw. The scary thing is, two guards who were in on it weren't actually needed, they were just there to guarantee success.

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* The juvenile maximum-security facility in [[Literature/CHERUBSeries ''[[Literature/CHERUBSeries Maximum Security]].Security]]''. James escapes with a literal piece of cardboard, exploiting a real security flaw. The scary thing is, two guards who were in on it weren't actually needed, they were just there to guarantee success.



--->'''Cave Johnson:''' I'm gonna be brief. Because I'm dying. Because I got shivved. A lot. I just wanna get it on record that using force fields for doors in a space prison is a bad idea. You know what would have been better? Regular doors. With locks. Locks that don't open when the power goes out. Man, those blue force fields looked good, though. Every time I saw one, I thought, "Wow. I am in space." Still though, a door made out of ''paper'' would have been better in the long run. Would have at least slowed 'em down for a second.

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--->'''Cave -->'''Cave Johnson:''' I'm gonna be brief. Because I'm dying. Because I got shivved. A lot. I just wanna get it on record that using force fields for doors in a space prison is a bad idea. You know what would have been better? Regular doors. With locks. Locks that don't open when the power goes out. Man, those blue force fields looked good, though. Every time I saw one, I thought, "Wow. I am in space." Still though, a door made out of ''paper'' would have been better in the long run. Would have at least slowed 'em down for a second.







* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'': As a result of their antics, the Warner siblings were locked away in the water tower on the Warner Bros. Studios lot, and allegedly hadn't escaped until the series premiere. However, it's shown in later episodes that not only were Yakko, Wakko, and Dot able to get out whenever they wanted, but were even let out more than once while the tower was being fumigated. Furthermore, similar to [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker The Joker's]] attitude towards Arkham, they view their so-called "prison" as their home, and always return to it willingly when they're done causing chaos.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'': As a result of their antics, the Warner siblings were locked away in the water tower on the Warner Bros. Studios lot, and allegedly hadn't escaped until the series premiere. However, it's shown in later episodes that not only were Yakko, Wakko, and Dot able to get out whenever they wanted, but were even let out more than once while the tower was being fumigated. Furthermore, similar to [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker [[ComicBook/TheJoker The Joker's]] attitude towards Arkham, they view their so-called "prison" as their home, and always return to it willingly when they're done causing chaos.



* In the ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' episode "Jailbreak", Steven easily breaks out of his cell within a minute of waking up in it. Justified since the cells are only meant to contain full gems, and have [[ForceFieldDoor Force Field Doors]] designed to disrupt a Gem's HardLight body. Since Steven's a HalfHumanHybrid with an organic body, he only feels minor shock akin to a joy buzzer (if that) when passing through the barrier.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' episode "Jailbreak", Steven easily breaks out of his cell within a minute of waking up in it. Justified since the cells are only meant to contain full gems, and have [[ForceFieldDoor Force {{Force Field Doors]] Door}}s designed to disrupt a Gem's HardLight body. Since Steven's a HalfHumanHybrid with an organic body, he only feels minor shock akin to a joy buzzer (if that) when passing through the barrier.



* During UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, a French POW made a deal with the guards of his prison camp -- he would be "allowed" to escape the camp to visit his family back in occupied France (with the guards giving him false documents, skipping him during roll call, tasking one of their own to sleep in his bunk and generally looking the other way), and in return he had to promise that he would come back, and bring some rationed delicatessen (wine, cheese, cutlery, etc.) for everyone. ''He did''. ''Several times''.
** Not as surprising as it first appears. Most camps for French PoWs and forced labour where small affairs somewhere out in the country close to the farms they worked. The camps themselves were guarded by the (newly-drafted) farmers from these farms who were too old or too sick for frontline duty. So you have gaurds who often shared their meals and always their work with those they guarded (and rumours suggest there were also quite a few 'family matters' binding them together). Under such circumstances it is not too hard to see how such a thing could happen.

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* During UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, a French POW made a deal with the guards of his prison camp -- he would be "allowed" to escape the camp to visit his family back in occupied France (with the guards giving him false documents, skipping him during roll call, tasking one of their own to sleep in his bunk and generally looking the other way), and in return he had to promise that he would come back, and bring some rationed delicatessen (wine, cheese, cutlery, etc.) for everyone. ''He did''. ''Several times''.
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times''. Not as surprising as it first appears. Most camps for French PoWs [=PoWs=] and forced labour where small affairs somewhere out in the country close to the farms they worked. The camps themselves were guarded by the (newly-drafted) farmers from these farms who were too old or too sick for frontline duty. So you have gaurds who often shared their meals and always their work with those they guarded (and rumours suggest there were also quite a few 'family matters' binding them together). Under such circumstances it is not too hard to see how such a thing could happen.
13th Nov '16 12:15:55 PM DustSnitch
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* Cody from the ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' series has spent every game since ''VideoGame/FinalFight'' in jail. This doesn't hinder him at all because he's so {{Badass}} he just breaks out whenever he feels like it. He always turns himself in after the current tournament is over.

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* Cody from the ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' series has spent every game since ''VideoGame/FinalFight'' in jail. This doesn't hinder him at all because he's so {{Badass}} badass he just breaks out whenever he feels like it. He always turns himself in after the current tournament is over.
6th Nov '16 12:14:00 AM FredTheFourth
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* In ''Literature/TheStarBeast'' the titular creature is temporarily held in a steel-bar cage. The human protagonist remarks to himself that this was like confining a rebellious teenage boy by piling pies around him. The well-behaved Star Beast confines herself to merely tasting the steel. Until later.
14th Oct '16 11:16:06 AM Ma35tro
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* The Franchise/TheFlash's Rogues Gallery aren't imprisonable, because one of them can travel to an alternate dimension and back via mirror. Every time the Flash arrests any of his friends, Mirror Master goes and fetches them right back out again. The warden explains that they've tried to have the mirrors removed but prisoner-rights liberals won't have it.

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* The Franchise/TheFlash's Rogues Gallery aren't imprisonable, because one of them can travel to an alternate dimension and back via mirror. Every time the Flash arrests any of his friends, Mirror Master goes and fetches them right back out again. The warden explains that they've tried to have the mirrors removed but prisoner-rights liberals won't have it.


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* Marvel's ''[[ComicBook/GIJoeARealAmericanHeroMarvel G.I. Joe]]'' comic had Cobra Commander employ an [[AmoralAttorney Army of Lawyers]] to ensure that if any of his mooks were captured, they would be OffOnATechnicality before they did any real time behind bars. The Joes, in an attempt to avert this, once imprisoned Storm-Shadow in a [[TailorMadePrison windowless]] [[TheAlcatraz Alcatraz]] cell, but he still got out.
11th Oct '16 7:26:08 PM szielins
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* ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes'' [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=205904 has a typical revolving-door prison.]]
9th Sep '16 10:41:22 AM timotaka
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* {{ComicBook/Iznogoud}} once wanted to hire the services of a master thief. He did not have to go looking far, as the thief was already in the Caliph's prison! ...some of the time. A nearby guard informed him that the thief is ''so good'' he comes and goes as he pleases, and nothing the jailers have done has managed to hinder him in the slightest. He basically treated his jail cell as a place where he could stay and eat for free and where people can contact him if they need to.
7th Sep '16 9:45:32 AM GoblinCipher
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* Oflag IV-C in Colditz Castle during World War II was a strange case of being both this and an ''[[TheAlcatraz inescapable prison]]''. This is because, despite the fact that the castle itself was meant to keep prisoners in, the attitude of the guards were that it was the POW's duty to try to escape. They had a gentleman's agreement that the guards would not go rough on the prisoners and in turn the prisoners would not harm any guards in their escape attempts. This, combined with the fact that most of the prisoners here were sent here because they had previously tried to escape other POW camps meant that Colditz had one of the highest records of successful escape attempts for a Nazi POW camp. And, there were plenty who escaped from their original POW camps, but were caught before they could get out of Germany itself. Getting out of a prison barracks unnoticed is one thing, getting across an entire ''country'' or ''continent'' unnoticed is another.

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* Oflag IV-C in Colditz Castle during World War II was a strange case of being both this and an ''[[TheAlcatraz inescapable prison]]''. This is because, despite the fact that the castle itself was meant to keep prisoners in, the attitude of the guards were was that it was the POW's duty to try to escape. They had a gentleman's agreement that the guards would not go rough on the prisoners and in turn the prisoners would not harm any guards in their escape attempts. This, combined with the fact that most of the prisoners here were sent here because they had previously tried to escape other POW camps meant that Colditz had one of the highest records of successful escape attempts for a Nazi POW camp. And, there were plenty who escaped from their original POW camps, but were caught before they could get out of Germany itself. Getting out of a prison barracks unnoticed is one thing, getting across an entire ''country'' or ''continent'' unnoticed is another.
7th Sep '16 9:39:13 AM GoblinCipher
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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''.
22nd Aug '16 7:23:00 AM SilverSupernova
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* "Prison 42", nicknamed "Fantasy Island" by its inmates, debuted in ''ComicBook/CivilWar''. It's located in another dimension, accessible only by certain teleporter systems, secure and heavily coded. Many superheroes unwilling to register with the government were locked up there, and were indeed its first inmates. It was supposed to be the final answer to this trope. Naturally, the anti-registration heroes on the outside engineered a mass jailbreak. Likewise it serves to be a sort of {{deconstruction}} of [[IDidWhatIHadToDo what steps you would have to take]] to actually make a prison immune to the kind of crazy shit filling the Marvel Universe. And as [[IKnewIt predicted]] by some annoyed fans, it later got taken over by the ''residents'' of the Negative Zone. Because it just would've made too much sense to place the prison in a pocket dimension that ''wasn't'' already occupied by various fanatically xenophobic aliens.

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* "Prison 42", nicknamed "Fantasy Island" by its inmates, debuted in ''ComicBook/CivilWar''. It's located in another dimension, accessible only by certain teleporter systems, secure and heavily coded. Many superheroes unwilling to register with the government were locked up there, and were indeed its first inmates. It was supposed to be the final answer to this trope. Naturally, the anti-registration heroes on the outside engineered a mass jailbreak. Likewise it serves to be a sort of {{deconstruction}} of [[IDidWhatIHadToDo what steps you would have to take]] to actually make a prison immune to the kind of crazy shit filling the Marvel Universe. And as [[IKnewIt predicted]] by some annoyed fans, it later got taken over by the ''residents'' of the Negative Zone. Because it just would've made too much sense to place the prison in a pocket dimension that ''wasn't'' already occupied by various fanatically xenophobic aliens. Ironically, this ended up being what ultimately subverted this trope for 42. With Blastaar's invasion and takeover of the prison, the remaining prisoners (who at this point were mostly villains) were trapped in the facility, the portal back to Earth permanently shut down due to a warning to Reed Richards from the Guardians of the Galaxy about Blastaar's invasion force, and any attempts to escape the facility itself would cause Blastaar or one of his minions to kill them on sight.
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