History Main / FakeoutEscape

16th Jul '17 9:17:38 AM nombretomado
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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, [=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.
23rd May '17 3:38:02 PM HighCrate
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* Attempted unsuccessfully in an episode of ''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]].

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* Attempted unsuccessfully in an episode of ''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]].westerns.
22nd May '17 4:14:20 AM JackG
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* In season 2 of ''Series/{{Luther}}'', Luther is chasing a spree killer, who steals a [[DeadlyDelivery motorcycle courier's clothes and helmet]], walks into an office building and starts killing people. By the time Luther arrives on the scene he's told the killer has escaped through the carpark. Sure enough Luther finds the gate blocking the carpark has been pried up as if someone crawled under it. But he also sees a nearby car has been broken into, and [[PunkInTheTrunk in the trunk finds a man in his underwear]]. Luther realises the killer is still on the premises, posing as a wounded employee.

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* In season 2 of ''Series/{{Luther}}'', Luther is chasing a spree killer, who steals a [[DeadlyDelivery motorcycle courier's clothes and helmet]], walks into an office building and starts killing people. By the time Luther arrives on the scene he's told the killer has escaped through the carpark. Sure enough Luther finds the gate blocking the carpark has been pried up as if someone crawled under it. But he also sees a nearby car has been broken into, and [[PunkInTheTrunk in the trunk trunk]] finds a [[MuggedForDisguise man in his underwear]]. Luther realises the killer is still on the premises, posing as a wounded employee.
3rd Nov '16 5:29:23 PM foxley
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* This is the resolution of one episode of prison comedy ''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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* This is the resolution of one episode of prison comedy ''Season/{{Porridge}}'', ''Series/{{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.
3rd Nov '16 5:25:38 PM foxley
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* In the Devil's Due series of ''ComicBook/SheenaQueenOfTheJungle'', Sheena fakes an escape from a hospital by dropping a BedsheetLadder out of a window and hiding behind the door. While the guards are looking at the ladder and wondering how she got away, she sneaks out the door.
12th Sep '16 3:06:50 AM Dutchtica
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* In ''VideoGame/LauraBow'': The Dagger of Amon Ra; when Laura is being chased by the killer at one point she has to stage escaping through a small window above a door, and then find a hiding spot, lest she lets the killer chase her into a deadend corridor. He'll smash through the door, allowing her to sneak past later.
3rd Sep '16 6:59:16 AM Morgenthaler
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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'', ''VideoGame/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.
16th Aug '16 7:22:12 PM PaulA
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* 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.

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* In the ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'' novel ''Brothers in Arms'', ''Literature/BrothersInArms'', 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.
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.
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