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20th Jul '16 6:35:59 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', [[{{Snowlem}} Olaf]] uses his ''carrot nose'' as a lockpick to [[spoiler: save Anna, who was trapped in a room by Hans]].

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* ''Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'': Hannibal unlocks his handcuffs with a pen clip.

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* ''Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'': ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'': Hannibal unlocks his handcuffs with a pen clip.



* In ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', [[{{Snowlem}} Olaf]] uses his ''carrot nose'' as a lockpick to [[spoiler: save Anna, who was trapped in a room by Hans]].
20th Jul '16 6:35:10 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay''. Sarah Conner uses unfolded paper clips to pick the locks on the straps holding her and the lock on the door of her room.
** Bonus points because Linda Hamilton actually managed to do it for real.
** In ''Film/TerminatorGenisys'', when Reese is handcuffed to a hospital bed, he uses forceps to pick the lock. He succeeds within seconds.

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* ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay''. Sarah Conner uses unfolded paper clips to pick the locks on the straps holding her and the lock on the door of her room.
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room. Bonus points because Linda Hamilton actually managed to do it for real.
** * In ''Film/TerminatorGenisys'', when Reese is handcuffed to a hospital bed, he uses forceps to pick the lock. He succeeds within seconds.
20th Jul '16 6:34:37 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'', Duo does this from time to time.

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* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'', Duo does this from time to time.

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* Averted in ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'': One would think [[SpiritedYoungLady Spirited Young Gentleman]] Jerin knew how to do this, but no - he ''carries a set of actual lockpicks'' on his person. At ''all'' times. His grandmothers were spies and his younger sisters greet visitors by searching their luggage for suspicious things. Without them noticing, ''of course''. It runs in the family.
* In ''Discworld/TheAmazingMauriceAndHisEducatedRodents'', because Malicia believes she's the main character in an adventure story, she thinks hairpins are ''better'' at picking locks than actual lockpicks. Everyone else is very surprised when this actually works. It runs in the family.

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* Averted in ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'': One would think [[SpiritedYoungLady Spirited Young Gentleman]] Jerin knew how to do this, but no - he ''carries a set of actual lockpicks'' on his person. At ''all'' times. His grandmothers were spies and his younger sisters greet visitors by searching their luggage for suspicious things. Without them noticing, ''of course''. It runs in the family.
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* In ''Discworld/TheAmazingMauriceAndHisEducatedRodents'', because Malicia believes she's the main character in an adventure story, she thinks hairpins are ''better'' at picking locks than actual lockpicks. Everyone else is very surprised when this actually works. It runs in the family.



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* In one episode of ''Series/{{Friends}}'', Chandler and Joey are trying to open a locked closet door. Joey asks Chandler whether he has a bobby pin; Chandler runs his hand through his hair, then says, "Oh, that's right I'm not a 9-year-old girl."

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* In one episode of ''Series/{{Friends}}'', Chandler and Joey are trying to open a locked closet door. Joey asks Chandler whether he has a bobby pin; Chandler runs his hand through his hair, then says, "Oh, that's right I'm not a 9-year-old girl."



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20th Jul '16 12:50:57 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger''. When Sydney and (of course) Alex are kidnapped, the former uses a hairpin to undo their handcuffs. Unfortunately, the bad guys walk in just as they've gotten free and not only smack her and restrain them both again, but order the maid to [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy "make sure she doesn't have any more".]]

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* ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger''. When Sydney and (of course) Alex are kidnapped, the former uses a hairpin to undo their handcuffs. Unfortunately, the bad guys walk in just as they've gotten free and not only smack her and restrain them both again, but order the maid to [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy "make sure she doesn't have any more".]]
19th Jul '16 1:52:31 AM Arivne
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* ''Film/TheGoldenChild''. When Kee Nang needs to get through a locked door into the house headquarters of a biker gang, she pulls a hairpin out of her hair and jimmies the lock.
4th Jul '16 11:43:27 AM REV6Pilot
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When a resourceful character picks a lock, be they {{hand|yCuffs}}cuffs, [[LockedDoor doors]] or {{secret diar|y}}ies, with a hairpin, paper clip, or some other everyday object, you get the Hairpin Lockpick. Most often utilized by females as they are way more likely to have a hairpin actually on their person. Note that a hairpin ''can'' be used to pick some locks in RealLife, but only if you break it in half and use one piece as a torsion wrench, and one as the pick. Or if it's a ''very'' simple lock.

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When a resourceful character picks a lock, be they {{hand|yCuffs}}cuffs, [[LockedDoor doors]] or {{secret diar|y}}ies, with a hairpin, paper clip, or some other everyday object, you get the Hairpin Lockpick. Most often utilized by females as they are way more likely to have a hairpin actually on their person. Note that a hairpin ''can'' be used to pick some locks in RealLife, but only if unless it's a ''very'' simple lock, you have to break it in half and use one piece as a torsion wrench, wrench and one the other as the pick. Or if it's a ''very'' simple lock.
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26th May '16 7:14:31 PM LadySugarQuill
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* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'', Ron picks the lock on Hedwig's cage with a pin.

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* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'', Ron picks the lock on Hedwig's cage with a pin. It turns out the twins taught him, and he teaches Harry.
** In the next book it's mentioned that Harry used this method to get his school things, which had been locked up by the Dursleys.
22nd May '16 3:21:04 PM OlmoJV
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* Another variation in the climax of ''Film/{{Pompeii}}'': when [[spoiler:[[DamselInDistress Cassia]] is chained to the chariot of the BigBad and an epic ChariotRace is taking place, she tears a splinter from the wooden platform of the chariot and manages to unlock her chain with it]].
29th Apr '16 12:32:34 PM ultimomant
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* ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger. When Sydney and (of course) Alex are kidnapped, the former uses a hairpin to undue their handcuffs. Unfortunately, the bad guys walk in just as they've gotten free and not only smack her and restrain them both again, but order the maid to [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy "make sure she doesn't have any more".]]

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* ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger. ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger''. When Sydney and (of course) Alex are kidnapped, the former uses a hairpin to undue undo their handcuffs. Unfortunately, the bad guys walk in just as they've gotten free and not only smack her and restrain them both again, but order the maid to [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy "make sure she doesn't have any more".]]




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* In ''Series/{{Haven}}'', as a former criminal, Duke Crocker knows how to pick locks with pins, ballpoint pens, etc.



* In ''Videogame/BioshockInfinite'' Elizabeth is downright surprised Booker doesn't pick locks, and on being asked why she '''does,''' she explains, "I spent my life surrounded by nothing but books and time. You'd be amazed what I can do." By the time he shows up, the people maqintaining her Tower prison/apartment have it sealed with a bank vault door and use Songbird as a guard, so it's no shock they actually let her keep studying how to pick ''simpler'' locks..

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* In ''Videogame/BioshockInfinite'' Elizabeth is downright surprised Booker doesn't pick locks, and on being asked why she '''does,''' she explains, "I spent my life surrounded by nothing but books and time. You'd be amazed what I can do." By the time he shows up, the people maqintaining maintaining her Tower prison/apartment have it sealed with a bank vault door and use Songbird as a guard, so it's no shock they actually let her keep studying how to pick ''simpler'' locks..
7th Mar '16 6:23:54 AM Hunn2070
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' and ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', Bobby Pins are your standard lockpicking resource. Fortunately, loads of them have survived The Great War intact.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' 3}}'', ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' and ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', ''VideoGame/Fallout4'', Bobby Pins are your standard lockpicking resource. Fortunately, loads of them have survived The Great War intact.



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