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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.
9th Feb '15 8:06:29 PM erforce
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* In the ''MissionImpossible'' episode "The Crane", the IMF spring a prisoner that is being transported and hide literally metres away from where the escape took place: knowing that the authorities will throw up a cordon blocks away and gradually work their way inwards.

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* In the ''MissionImpossible'' ''Series/MissionImpossible'' episode "The Crane", the IMF spring a prisoner that is being transported and hide literally metres away from where the escape took place: knowing that the authorities will throw up a cordon blocks away and gradually work their way inwards.
11th Jan '15 7:20:51 PM rjung
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* Attempted unsuccessfully in an episode of ''{{Sliders}}'', where the titular group slides into a world still stuck in the Old West mode. Quinn and Rembrandt are framed for murder and jailed by the local crime boss and a corrupt sheriff, to be hanged the next day. They realize they could use their knowledge of westerns to trick the guards and escape. Quinn does a CeilingCling, while Rembrandt calls for help. Unfortunately for them, the person who walks in is the above-mentioned crime boss, who is also a dimensional traveler (and a Kromagg). He simply walks up to the cell doors without opening them and immediately looks up at Quinn, mentioning that [[GenreSavvy Kromaggs have their own westerns]].

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* Attempted unsuccessfully in an episode of ''{{Sliders}}'', ''Series/{{Sliders}}'', where the titular group slides into a world still stuck in the Old West mode. Quinn and Rembrandt are framed for murder and jailed by the local crime boss and a corrupt sheriff, to be hanged the next day. They realize they could use their knowledge of westerns to trick the guards and escape. Quinn does a CeilingCling, while Rembrandt calls for help. Unfortunately for them, the person who walks in is the above-mentioned crime boss, who is also a dimensional traveler (and a Kromagg). He simply walks up to the cell doors without opening them and immediately looks up at Quinn, mentioning that [[GenreSavvy Kromaggs have their own westerns]].



* This is the resolution of one episode of prison comedy ''{{Porridge}}'', where boss-prisoner Grouty is strong-armed by contacts outside the prison into organising an escape tunnel for a stupid but well-connected inmate. The tunnel progresses and the noise is masked by a choir singing Christmas carols. Grouty is pessimistic about pulling it off, while crafty convict Fletch frets that if a prisoner escapes so close to Christmas, privileges will be withdrawn to everyone and Dec 25th will become just another grim, grey, day inside. Fletch eventually comes up with a face-saving solution allowing Grouty to keep his cred with the London gangs who are pressuring him; allow the warders to discover the tunnel. They will be so pleased at finding it that they will not be looking for the escapee being smuggled out by other means, ie hidden in a garbage truck.

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* This is the resolution of one episode of prison comedy ''{{Porridge}}'', ''Season/{{Porridge}}'', where boss-prisoner Grouty is strong-armed by contacts outside the prison into organising an escape tunnel for a stupid but well-connected inmate. The tunnel progresses and the noise is masked by a choir singing Christmas carols. Grouty is pessimistic about pulling it off, while crafty convict Fletch frets that if a prisoner escapes so close to Christmas, privileges will be withdrawn to everyone and Dec 25th will become just another grim, grey, day inside. Fletch eventually comes up with a face-saving solution allowing Grouty to keep his cred with the London gangs who are pressuring him; allow the warders to discover the tunnel. They will be so pleased at finding it that they will not be looking for the escapee being smuggled out by other means, ie hidden in a garbage truck.




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* Done several times in ''Series/MissionImpossible.'' For example, in "The Condemned," a prisoner is given equipment to create a fake wall in his cell, prompting the guards to think he's escaped. Slightly subverted in that he stays hidden in the cell until the rest of the IMF team complete their job to clear his name.
* In the second-season premiere of ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD,'' the US Army has captured the Absorbing Man and detained him in a plexiglass cell. He stands still after absorbing the properties of the plexiglass, making himself effectively invisible, then waits for a guard to open the cell and investigate the "escape."
30th Dec '14 5:33:38 AM NicTyn
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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 jailors go chasing after the unfortunate doctor.

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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 jailors jailers go chasing after the unfortunate doctor.



* Attempted unsuccessfully in an episode of ''{{Sliders}}'', where the titular group slides into a world still stuck in the Old West mode. Quinn and Rembrandt are framed for murder and jailed by the local crime boss and a corrupt sheriff, to be hanged the next day. They realize they could use their knowledge of westerns to trick the guards and escape. Quinn does a CeilingCling, while Rembrandt calls for help. Unfortunately for them, the person who walks in is the above-mentioned crime boss, who is also a dimentional traveler (and a Kromagg). He simply walks up to the cell doors without opening them and immediately looks up at Quinn, mentioning that [[GenreSavvy Kromaggs have their own westerns]].

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* Attempted unsuccessfully in an episode of ''{{Sliders}}'', where the titular group slides into a world still stuck in the Old West mode. Quinn and Rembrandt are framed for murder and jailed by the local crime boss and a corrupt sheriff, to be hanged the next day. They realize they could use their knowledge of westerns to trick the guards and escape. Quinn does a CeilingCling, while Rembrandt calls for help. Unfortunately for them, the person who walks in is the above-mentioned crime boss, who is also a dimentional dimensional traveler (and a Kromagg). He simply walks up to the cell doors without opening them and immediately looks up at Quinn, mentioning that [[GenreSavvy Kromaggs have their own westerns]].



* During WW2, the hardened escapers 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 an escape had happened. It occured to the escape comittee that if between four and six prisoners were to be hidden within the camp, the German authorities would not 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 escapers 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 occured occurred to the escape comittee committee that if between four and six prisoners were to be hidden within the camp, the German authorities would not 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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