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21st Nov '16 5:58:38 PM PaulA
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* Creator/GordonRDickson's "[[http://www.baenebooks.com/chapters/0743471741/0743471741___1.htm Danger, Human! High Explosive]]" is about bear-like aliens testing an ancient prophecy [[TemptingFate (which said that if they try to interfere with the prophecy they'll end up speeding it)]] about humans and their supposed dangerous unknown ability, so they abduct a human, make him near immortal and enclose him in a TailorMadePrison to test the prophecy.

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* Creator/GordonRDickson's "[[http://www.baenebooks.com/chapters/0743471741/0743471741___1.baen.com/Chapters/0743471741/0743471741___1.htm Danger, Human! High Explosive]]" Danger--Human!]]" is about bear-like aliens testing an ancient prophecy [[TemptingFate (which said that if they try to interfere with the prophecy they'll end up speeding it)]] about humans and their supposed dangerous unknown ability, so they abduct a human, make him near immortal and enclose him in a TailorMadePrison to test the prophecy.
3rd Nov '16 2:38:53 PM Gosicrystal
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* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' and ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess''.
* Sissel aids in one in ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'' for [[spoiler: Detective Jowd]], a [[ThatOneLevel very annoying task]]. [[spoiler: Which quickly proves pointless, as Inspector Cabanela recaptures him moments after his escape.]]

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* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' and ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess''.
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* Sissel aids in one in ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'' for [[spoiler: Detective Jowd]], a [[ThatOneLevel very annoying task]]. [[spoiler: Which ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'''s Special Prison, where he tries to get [[spoiler:Detective Jowd]] free in the darkness with security guards searching the cells, hallways and stairs. Thankfully, Sissel can see in the darkness while in the Ghost World... but you can't move the camera in this mode. [[spoiler:This quickly proves pointless, though, as Inspector Cabanela recaptures him moments after his escape.]]
2nd Nov '16 7:44:19 PM Codefreak5
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* ''VideoGame/TheEscapists'' is all about staging these. The prisons and their security range from [[CardboardPrison cardboard]] to TheAlcatraz (including the ''real'' Alcatraz, if you buy the DLC), with a couple POW camps thrown in for good measure. It runs on all the classic escape tropes too, with a heavy dose of [[RealityEnsues reality]] mixed in.
31st Oct '16 3:19:32 AM jormis29
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* In ''Film/{{Life}}'' Creator/EddieMurphy and Creator/MartinLawrence play convicted felons who [[spoiler: eventually succeed in escaping]].

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* In ''Film/{{Life}}'' ''Film/{{Life|1999}}'' Creator/EddieMurphy and Creator/MartinLawrence play convicted felons who [[spoiler: eventually succeed in escaping]].
17th Sep '16 8:43:07 AM salvadorfranz
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* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfBerseria'', right after the prologue, Velvet plans to escape from the island by having Seres unlock the jail doors and have the prisoners cause a riot while they both try to escape.
16th Aug '16 8:13:11 PM PaulA
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** In "The Borders of Infinity", Miles Vorkosigan is sent in to rescue one single man from a Cetagandan concentration camp. Finding that his intended rescuee is catatonic and dying, he opts to organize the escape of ''all 10,000 [=POWs=]''. In-universe, it's the ''third biggest mass breakout in recorded history''. And he sets the whole thing in motion while bare-ass naked, having been robbed of his clothes within moments of arriving at the camp. Miles Vorkosigan: a man to whom "Tries Too Hard" has no meaning.
** Years later, the Marilacans make a holovid drama about it called ''The Greatest Escape'', and try to hire Admiral Naismith (Vorkosigan's SecretIdentity) as a technical consultant.

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** In "The Borders of Infinity", "Literature/TheBordersOfInfinity", Miles Vorkosigan is sent in to rescue one single man from a Cetagandan concentration camp. Finding that his intended rescuee is catatonic and dying, he opts to organize the escape of ''all 10,000 [=POWs=]''. In-universe, it's the ''third biggest mass breakout in recorded history''. And he sets the whole thing in motion while bare-ass naked, having been robbed of his clothes within moments of arriving at the camp. Miles Vorkosigan: a man to whom "Tries Too Hard" has no meaning.
** Years later, as mentioned in ''Literature/{{Komarr}}'', the Marilacans make a holovid drama about it called ''The Greatest Escape'', and try to hire Admiral Naismith (Vorkosigan's SecretIdentity) as a technical consultant. consultant.
26th Mar '16 9:20:37 AM Eievie
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I'm innocent -- innocent I tells ya! They think they can keep me in this tin can forever? With all these plastic meal trays and soap that's just begging to be [[MacGyvering whittled into a gun]]? And this [[RagTagBunchOfMisfits gang of jailbirds]] with nothing to lose? Give me enough time, and [[{{Determinator}} I'm outta here]]. And the D.A.'s given me all the time in the world...

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I'm innocent -- innocent innocent--innocent I tells ya! They think they can keep me in this tin can forever? With all these plastic meal trays and soap that's just begging to be [[MacGyvering whittled into a gun]]? And this [[RagTagBunchOfMisfits gang of jailbirds]] with nothing to lose? Give me enough time, and [[{{Determinator}} I'm outta here]]. And the D.A.'s given me all the time in the world...
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6th Mar '16 10:28:41 AM MarkLungo
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* ''Film/PassageToMarseille'' (1944) tells a ridiculously trope-laden story where Peter Lorre and Humphrey Bogart are somehow French prisoners escaping Devil's Island by raft. Once successful, they find out their motherland has surrendered and hijack a boat to England. So they can learn to fly planes and run bombing raids over occupied France. In your face, history!

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* ''Film/PassageToMarseille'' (1944) tells a ridiculously trope-laden story where Peter Lorre Creator/PeterLorre and Humphrey Bogart Creator/HumphreyBogart are somehow French prisoners escaping Devil's Island by raft. Once successful, they find out their motherland has surrendered and hijack a boat to England. So they can learn to fly planes and run bombing raids over occupied France. In your face, history!



* Like ''The Great Escape'', ''Film/EscapeFromSobibor'' includes a grand scheme to free hundreds of prisoners. Also slimilar to The Great Escape, the film is based on actual events that occurred in World War II.

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* Like ''The Great Escape'', ''Film/EscapeFromSobibor'' includes a grand scheme to free hundreds of prisoners. Also slimilar to The ''The Great Escape, Escape'', the film is based on actual events that occurred in World War II.UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.



* In ''Film/{{Life}}'' Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence play convicted felons who [[spoiler: eventually succeed in escaping]].

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* In ''Film/{{Life}}'' Eddie Murphy Creator/EddieMurphy and Martin Lawrence Creator/MartinLawrence play convicted felons who [[spoiler: eventually succeed in escaping]].



* ''Film/TheBigHouse'' (1930) which won the first Academy award for Sound, as well as one for its script.

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* ''Film/TheBigHouse'' (1930) which won the first Academy award UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Sound, as well as one for its script.



* [[Creator/HarlanEllison "Battle Without Banners"]] is this trope in a prison controlled by a future American government which has apparently been taken over by some form of fascism. [[spoiler: None of them make it.]]

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* [[Creator/HarlanEllison Creator/HarlanEllison's "Battle Without Banners"]] Banners" is this trope in a prison controlled by a future American government which has apparently been taken over by some form of fascism. [[spoiler: None of them make it.]]



* In Creator/RobertEHoward's "Literature/RoguesInTheHouse" this is arranged for ConanTheBarbarian on the condition he assassinate someone after.

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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's "Literature/RoguesInTheHouse" this is arranged for ConanTheBarbarian Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian on the condition he assassinate someone after.



* In the first episode of the third season of ''Series/{{Leverage}}'', it opens with the team busting Nate from a courthouse. It soon cuts to Nate, behind bars, pointing out to Sophie that it would never work, and he points out the numerous flaws in it. He then breaks out of prison anyway, and pins the [[CorruptCorporateExecutive corrupt warden]] as his accomplice in one episode, [[MagnificentBastard just because he can]]. It also helps that the warden was locking up innocents for crimes using corrupt judges, [[WeHelpTheHelpless which just irritated Nate]].

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* In the first The ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' episode of the third season of ''Series/{{Leverage}}'', it "[[Recap/LeverageS03E01TheJailhouseJob The Jailhouse Job]]" opens with the team busting Nate from a courthouse. It soon cuts to Nate, behind bars, pointing out to Sophie that it would never work, and he points out the numerous flaws in it. He then breaks out of prison anyway, and pins the [[CorruptCorporateExecutive [[WardensAreEvil corrupt warden]] as his accomplice in one episode, [[MagnificentBastard just because he can]]. It also helps that the warden was locking up innocents for crimes using corrupt judges, [[WeHelpTheHelpless which just irritated Nate]].



* Parodied in [[http://youtu.be/zVP_wdcYMQ4 a sketch]] from the finnish sketch comedy show, ''KetonenJaMyllyrinne''. Two prisoners outline their escape plan, which includes things such as [[YouFailGeographyForever flying a helicopter over the Gulf of Finland to Mexico]] and killing guards [[ImprobableWeaponUser with a fork]]. Also, the guy who they're enlisting to pilot the helicopter has two days to learn to fly a helicopter from a book.

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* Parodied in [[http://youtu.be/zVP_wdcYMQ4 a sketch]] from the finnish sketch comedy show, ''KetonenJaMyllyrinne''. Two prisoners outline their escape plan, which includes things such as [[YouFailGeographyForever [[ArtisticLicenseGeography flying a helicopter over the Gulf of Finland to Mexico]] and killing guards [[ImprobableWeaponUser with a fork]]. Also, the guy who they're enlisting to pilot the helicopter has two days to learn to fly a helicopter from a book.



** Earl goes to prison for a crime his ex-wife committed, and finds that his [[ConvenientlyCellmates cellmate]] happens to be his good friend Ralph. The next morning, Earl finds that Ralph has escaped, by creating a tunnel through the wall behind a DollyParton poster, and placing a watermelon-dummy in his bunk. (He ''was'' going to make one for Earl, but ate it.) Earl then gets moved to the general population barracks instead of a regular cell.

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** Earl goes to prison for a crime his ex-wife committed, and finds that his [[ConvenientlyCellmates cellmate]] happens to be his good friend Ralph. The next morning, Earl finds that Ralph has escaped, by creating a tunnel through the wall behind a DollyParton Music/DollyParton poster, and placing a watermelon-dummy in his bunk. (He ''was'' going to make one for Earl, but ate it.) Earl then gets moved to the general population barracks instead of a regular cell.



* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfTaras'' is a play on the old prison-escape movies (such as The Great Escape, Stalag 17 and Film/EscapeFromAlcatraz), with a death camp in the middle of nowhere and a cast of teenage girls (alongside horrific creatures in place of guards).

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* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfTaras'' is a play on the old prison-escape movies (such as The ''The Great Escape, Stalag 17 Escape'', ''Film/{{Stalag 17}}'' and Film/EscapeFromAlcatraz), ''Film/EscapeFromAlcatraz''), with a death camp in the middle of nowhere and a cast of teenage girls (alongside horrific creatures in place of guards).



* "The Boiling Rock" episode of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' had basically all of the common elements, plus kung fu, {{wall crawl}}ing and fireballs. [[spoiler:The gargantuan Chit Sang forced his way into the plan, causing the first attempt to fail. The group that eventually got out stayed together.]]

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* "The Boiling Rock" "[[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheBoilingRockPart1 The Boiling]] [[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheBoilingRockPart2 Rock]]" episode of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' had basically all of the common elements, plus kung fu, {{wall crawl}}ing and fireballs.{{fireballs}}. [[spoiler:The gargantuan Chit Sang forced his way into the plan, causing the first attempt to fail. The group that eventually got out stayed together.]]



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' fourth-season episode "[[http://simpsons.wikia.com/wiki/A_Streetcar_Named_Marge A Streetcar Named Marge]]" had a sub-plot parodying ''Film/TheGreatEscape'' with Maggie placed in daycare while Marge rehearsed for a play. Instead of actually escaping, the plot was to liberate all of the confiscated pacifiers.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' fourth-season episode "[[http://simpsons.wikia.com/wiki/A_Streetcar_Named_Marge "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS4E2AStreetcarNamedMarge A Streetcar Named Marge]]" had a sub-plot parodying ''Film/TheGreatEscape'' with Maggie placed in daycare while Marge rehearsed for a play. Instead of actually escaping, the plot was to liberate all of the confiscated pacifiers.
2nd Mar '16 5:11:33 PM MarkLungo
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-->-- '''[[Music/{{ACDC}} AC/DC]]''', "Jailbreak" - "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap".

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-->-- '''[[Music/{{ACDC}} AC/DC]]''', "Jailbreak" - "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap".
"Jailbreak"
30th Dec '15 9:13:34 AM StFan
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* ''{{Film/Victory}}'' is another WWII era escape movie. This one involves a propaganda soccer game between POWs and the Germans. The players opt to finish the game rather than escape at halftime. They escape, anyway, when the crowd rushes the field at the end.

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* ''{{Film/Victory}}'' ''Film/{{Victory}}'' is another WWII era WWII-era escape movie. This one involves a propaganda soccer game between POWs [=POWs=] and the Germans. The players opt to finish the game rather than escape at halftime. They escape, anyway, when the crowd rushes the field at the end.
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