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31st May '16 1:42:31 PM Willbyr
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* In ''DragonballZ'', Vegeta is imprisoned inside a healing tank on Frieza's ship. When he breaks out of the healing tank, it alerts the guards. So he blasts a hole through the wall to make them think he has escaped the ship; while Frieza's henchmen are searching for him outside the ship, he takes the opportunity to go steal some dragon balls and then escape.

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* In ''DragonballZ'', ''Anime/DragonballZ'', Vegeta is imprisoned inside a healing tank on Frieza's ship. When he breaks out of the healing tank, it alerts the guards. So he blasts a hole through the wall to make them think he has escaped the ship; while Frieza's henchmen are searching for him outside the ship, he takes the opportunity to go steal some dragon balls and then escape.
22nd May '16 2:35:16 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the Creator/PeterSellers movie ''AfterTheFox'', the titular escape artist and thief pretends to escape, and then succeeds in escaping, by dressing up as the prison doctor, pretending he had been tied up by The Fox, and that the real doctor, who was already out of the building, was in fact The Fox. The Fox is escorted out with much sympathy, and the jailers go chasing after the unfortunate doctor.

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* In the Creator/PeterSellers movie ''AfterTheFox'', ''Film/AfterTheFox'', the titular escape artist and thief pretends to escape, and then succeeds in escaping, by dressing up as the prison doctor, pretending he had been tied up by The Fox, and that the real doctor, who was already out of the building, was in fact The Fox. The Fox is escorted out with much sympathy, and the jailers go chasing after the unfortunate doctor.



* In ''SilenceOfTheLambs'', Hannibal Lecter gets bonus points for not even escaping himself, but letting the guards load him into an ambulance, thinking he is their mutilated colleague.

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* In ''SilenceOfTheLambs'', ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'', Hannibal Lecter gets bonus points for not even escaping himself, but letting the guards load him into an ambulance, thinking he is their mutilated colleague.



* ''Welcome to the Punch'' (2013). An Icelandic police special response team raid the house where London criminal Jacob Sternwood is hiding. They find a 4WD vehicle with its lights on and engine running. Sternwood suddenly appears, knocks out the men guarding the 4WD, which careens off across the plain chased by a couple of tactical vehicles. When they catch up with it, the police find it's been rigged to drive itself. They radio back a warning, but the police back at the house have their own problems as a BoobyTrap blows the place up as they enter. Then we see Sternwood escaping through the forest on foot.
* ''Pimpernel Smith'' (also released as Mr. V) Leslie Howard needs to help a woman escape from the Nazis. The soldiers burst into the room where they are to find a table next to a window turned over and a vase smashed. They instantly assume that they've escaped down the fire escape. After they have run out, the camera pans to curtains and Howard comes out saying "I'm almost embarrassed to do that. But it almost always works." They then escape.

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* ''Welcome to the Punch'' ''Film/WelcomeToThePunch'' (2013). An Icelandic police special response team raid the house where London criminal Jacob Sternwood is hiding. They find a 4WD vehicle with its lights on and engine running. Sternwood suddenly appears, knocks out the men guarding the 4WD, which careens off across the plain chased by a couple of tactical vehicles. When they catch up with it, the police find it's been rigged to drive itself. They radio back a warning, but the police back at the house have their own problems as a BoobyTrap blows the place up as they enter. Then we see Sternwood escaping through the forest on foot.
* ''Pimpernel Smith'' ''Film/PimpernelSmith'' (also released as Mr. V) Leslie Howard needs to help a woman escape from the Nazis. The soldiers burst into the room where they are to find a table next to a window turned over and a vase smashed. They instantly assume that they've escaped down the fire escape. After they have run out, the camera pans to curtains and Howard comes out saying "I'm almost embarrassed to do that. But it almost always works." They then escape.
22nd May '16 2:34:23 AM Morgenthaler
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* There's a sequence in ''Comicbook/FantasticFour #2'' where Sue turns invisible when government officials come to check on her, then runs out the doorway during their confusion. This act is repeated in the ''ComicBook/{{Ultimate|FantasticFour}}'' version as well as the movie ''[[Film/FantasticFour Rise of the Silver Surfer]]''.

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* There's a sequence in ''Comicbook/FantasticFour #2'' where Sue turns invisible when government officials come to check on her, then runs out the doorway during their confusion. This act is repeated in the ''ComicBook/{{Ultimate|FantasticFour}}'' version as well as the movie ''[[Film/FantasticFour Rise of the Silver Surfer]]''.



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* In ''Two-Bit Heroes'' by Doris Egan, the heroine's love interest is going to be displayed in a cage. The outlaw band that she temporarily joined manages to rescue him in this way. They build a hidden compartment into the cage beforehand and then cause a distraction while he's on display that makes it look like he's been sorcerously removed, letting him slip into the compartment and get retrieved later.
* In ''The Extraordinary Adventures of Literature/ArseneLupin, [[GentlemanThief Gentleman Burglar]]'', Lupin swears he will escape from jail, and he does, briefly, but gets back in. But when he comes up for trial, [[SympatheticInspectorAntagonist Inspector Ganimard]] suddenly stands up in court and swears that the man in the dock is not Lupin--he has used the fake escape attempt to substitute a flunky in his place. The court has no choice but to let the man go. Of course, the man really ''was'' Lupin, and Ganimard fell for it not only because Lupin is a MasterOfDisguise, but also because [[BatmanGambit he genuinely expected Lupin to fulfill his promise of escaping]].
* In the ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'' novel ''Brothers in Arms'', Miles gets kidnapped and replaced by a clone. When the clone comes to question him, he considers trying to escape via this trope -- claiming that he is the clone and that the real Miles somehow got free and tied him up -- but quickly realizes that he has several days' worth of stubble and the clone doesn't, so it's not practical.
* In the ''Literature/{{Illuminatus}}'' trilogy, [[HistoricalDomainCharacter John Dillinger]] is [[CollectiveIdentity actually]] a set of [[ArtisticLicenseBiology identical]] [[ArcNumber quintuplets]]. This is used to explain how good "he" was at breaking out of prison: if one of "him" was imprisoned, another one could make himself conspicuously visible outside, convincing the guards that he'd escaped and giving the one on the inside more leeway to get out.

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* In ''Two-Bit Heroes'' by Doris Egan, the heroine's love interest is going to be displayed in a cage. The outlaw band that she temporarily joined manages to rescue him in this way. They build a hidden compartment into the cage beforehand and then cause a distraction while he's on display that makes it look like he's been sorcerously removed, letting him slip into the compartment and get retrieved later.
later.
* In ''The Extraordinary Adventures of Literature/ArseneLupin, [[GentlemanThief Gentleman Burglar]]'', Lupin swears he will escape from jail, and he does, briefly, but gets back in. But when he comes up for trial, [[SympatheticInspectorAntagonist Inspector Ganimard]] suddenly stands up in court and swears that the man in the dock is not Lupin--he has used the fake escape attempt to substitute a flunky in his place. The court has no choice but to let the man go. Of course, the man really ''was'' Lupin, and Ganimard fell for it not only because Lupin is a MasterOfDisguise, but also because [[BatmanGambit he genuinely expected Lupin to fulfill his promise of escaping]].
escaping]].
* In the ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'' novel ''Brothers in Arms'', Miles gets kidnapped and replaced by a clone. When the clone comes to question him, he considers trying to escape via this trope -- claiming that he is the clone and that the real Miles somehow got free and tied him up -- but quickly realizes that he has several days' worth of stubble and the clone doesn't, so it's not practical.
practical.
* In the ''Literature/{{Illuminatus}}'' trilogy, [[HistoricalDomainCharacter John Dillinger]] is [[CollectiveIdentity actually]] a set of [[ArtisticLicenseBiology identical]] [[ArcNumber quintuplets]]. This is used to explain how good "he" was at breaking out of prison: if one of "him" was imprisoned, another one could make himself conspicuously visible outside, convincing the guards that he'd escaped and giving the one on the inside more leeway to get out.



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* In the third episode of ''CovertFront'', Kara pulls this trope off by leaving her coat on the ground and hiding in a high corner of her jail cell, out of sight. The warden passes by and notices the "empty" cell, and when he goes inside and picks up Kara's coat, she gets the jump on him.

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* In the third episode of ''CovertFront'', Kara pulls this trope off by leaving her coat on the ground and hiding in a high corner of her jail cell, out of sight. The warden passes by and notices the "empty" cell, and when he goes inside and picks up Kara's coat, she gets the jump on him.



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* As you might expect, the EvilOverlordList has something to say about this.
-->"I will instruct my guards when checking a cell that appears empty to look for the chamber pot. If the chamber pot is still there, then the prisoner has escaped and they may enter and search for clues. If the chamber pot is not there, then either the prisoner is perched above the lintel waiting to strike them with it or else he decided to take it as a souvenir (in which case he is obviously deeply disturbed and poses no threat). Either way, there's no point in entering."

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* As you might expect, the EvilOverlordList has something to say about this.
this.
-->"I will instruct my guards when checking a cell that appears empty to look for the chamber pot. If the chamber pot is still there, then the prisoner has escaped and they may enter and search for clues. If the chamber pot is not there, then either the prisoner is perched above the lintel waiting to strike them with it or else he decided to take it as a souvenir (in which case he is obviously deeply disturbed and poses no threat). Either way, there's no point in entering."

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6th Apr '16 8:43:30 PM MarcInGA
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* ''Pimpernel Smith'' (also released as Mr. V) Leslie Howard needs to help a woman escape from the Nazis. The soldiers burst into the room where they are to find a table next to a window turned over and a vase smashed. They instantly assume that they've escaped down the fire escape. After they have run out, the camera pans to curtains and Howard comes out saying "I'm almost embarrassed to do that. But it almost always works." They then escape.
30th Dec '15 9:54:00 AM StFan
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* During WW2, the hardened escapees of the special PoW camp at Colditz hit on this idea. The prisoners were scrupulously counted two or three times a day to ensure they were all present and correct. Any shortfall in the numbers present alerted the German guards to the fact that an escape had happened. It occurred to the escape committee that if between four and six prisoners were to be hidden within the camp, the German authorities would only waste time and resources searching Germany for prisoners on the run. The prisoners hidden and sustained by friends in hiding places inside Colditz could then safely be allowed to escape up to two months later, when the Germans would have given up searching for them, and the escapees would have a relatively clear run to freedom.


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* During WW2, the hardened escapees of the special PoW POW camp at Colditz hit on this idea. The prisoners were scrupulously counted two or three times a day to ensure they were all present and correct. Any shortfall in the numbers present alerted the German guards to the fact that an escape had happened. It occurred to the escape committee that if between four and six prisoners were to be hidden within the camp, the German authorities would only waste time and resources searching Germany for prisoners on the run. The prisoners hidden and sustained by friends in hiding places inside Colditz could then safely be allowed to escape up to two months later, when the Germans would have given up searching for them, and the escapees would have a relatively clear run to freedom.

19th Aug '15 11:55:16 AM Anddrix
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* There's a sequence in ''Comicbook/FantasticFour #2'' where Sue turns invisible when government officials come to check on her, then runs out the doorway during their confusion. This act is repeated in the ''{{Ultimate|FantasticFour}}'' version as well as the movie ''[[Film/FantasticFour Rise of the Silver Surfer]]''.

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* There's a sequence in ''Comicbook/FantasticFour #2'' where Sue turns invisible when government officials come to check on her, then runs out the doorway during their confusion. This act is repeated in the ''{{Ultimate|FantasticFour}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Ultimate|FantasticFour}}'' version as well as the movie ''[[Film/FantasticFour Rise of the Silver Surfer]]''.
19th Aug '15 11:54:55 AM Anddrix
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* There's a sequence in ''Comicbook/FantasticFour #2'' where Sue turns invisible when government officials come to check on her, then runs out the doorway during their confusion. This act is repeated in the ''UltimateMarvel'' version as well as the movie ''[[Film/FantasticFour Rise of the Silver Surfer]]''.

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* There's a sequence in ''Comicbook/FantasticFour #2'' where Sue turns invisible when government officials come to check on her, then runs out the doorway during their confusion. This act is repeated in the ''UltimateMarvel'' ''{{Ultimate|FantasticFour}}'' version as well as the movie ''[[Film/FantasticFour Rise of the Silver Surfer]]''.
5th Jul '15 3:10:08 PM SSJMagus
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* In ''Film/JurassicWorld'', the ''Indominus rex'' uses its ChameleonCamouflage and ability to mask its body heat (neither of which its creators were aware of) to make it seem like it had somehow climbed out of its pen. This causes the park staff to go into the pen to try and figure out how it escaped...realizing too late that a massive carnivore is still there with them.
27th May '15 7:57:38 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''{{Illuminatus}}'' trilogy, [[HistoricalDomainCharacter John Dillinger]] is [[CollectiveIdentity actually]] a set of [[ArtisticLicenseBiology identical]] [[ArcNumber quintuplets]]. This is used to explain how good "he" was at breaking out of prison: if one of "him" was imprisoned, another one could make himself conspicuously visible outside, convincing the guards that he'd escaped and giving the one on the inside more leeway to get out.

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* In the ''{{Illuminatus}}'' ''Literature/{{Illuminatus}}'' trilogy, [[HistoricalDomainCharacter John Dillinger]] is [[CollectiveIdentity actually]] a set of [[ArtisticLicenseBiology identical]] [[ArcNumber quintuplets]]. This is used to explain how good "he" was at breaking out of prison: if one of "him" was imprisoned, another one could make himself conspicuously visible outside, convincing the guards that he'd escaped and giving the one on the inside more leeway to get out.
5th Apr '15 5:05:59 PM nombretomado
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* In ''{{Durarara}}'', Shingen fakes Celty out by sending the elevator to the bottom floor while he hides. He then tries to make a dramatic exit using the ''same'' elevator, and the scene cuts while he's still waiting for it to come back up.

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* In ''{{Durarara}}'', ''{{LightNovel/Durarara}}'', Shingen fakes Celty out by sending the elevator to the bottom floor while he hides. He then tries to make a dramatic exit using the ''same'' elevator, and the scene cuts while he's still waiting for it to come back up.
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