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12th Oct '17 1:06:18 AM PaulA
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* In Creator/LarryNiven's ''[[Literature/{{Ringworld}} Ringworld's Children]]'', Tunesmith (a super-intelligent Night Person protector) is smart enough to lock Luis Wu out of the stepping disk system in order to keep Luis from escaping, but somehow didn't think it important to lock Luis out of the autokitchen menu. So naturally Luis orders sushi from the autokitchen, a meal that is dispensed alongside a pair of hardwood chopsticks... which Luis promptly uses to hack his way into the stepping disk system and escape.

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* In Creator/LarryNiven's ''[[Literature/{{Ringworld}} Ringworld's Children]]'', ''Literature/RingworldsChildren'', Tunesmith (a super-intelligent Night Person protector) is smart enough to lock Luis Wu out of the stepping disk system in order to keep Luis from escaping, but somehow didn't think it important to lock Luis out of the autokitchen menu. So naturally Luis orders sushi from the autokitchen, a meal that is dispensed alongside a pair of hardwood chopsticks... which Luis promptly uses to hack his way into the stepping disk system and escape.
11th Oct '17 5:29:32 PM RallyBot2
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** A team of supervillains hired to assassinate Tony ambushed him while he was visiting a ''junkyard full of abandoned machinery''. One villain even pointed out the idiocy of attacking Tony there since Tony is a well-known GadgeteerGenius who designs high-tech weapons for a living.

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** A In ''Iron Man: Legacy'', a team of supervillains hired by Geoffrey Wilder to assassinate Tony ambushed him while he was visiting a ''junkyard full of abandoned machinery''. One villain even pointed out the idiocy of attacking Tony there since Tony is a well-known GadgeteerGenius who designs high-tech weapons for a living. This story was a flashback set while Tony still had his SecretIdentity, so the villains were merely stupid, not suicidal.
12th Aug '17 4:13:52 PM LinTaylor
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* In ''Manga/GundamSEEDAstray'', the heroes are locked in a weapons testing dome by a CorruptCorporateExecutive trying to force them to sell their [[SuperPrototype Gundam]]. Fortunately, they had said Gundam and a pile of salvaged HumongousMecha with them at the time. So they cobble together a power converter out of the parts, and hook up a Beam Sword to the facility's own power supply so they'd have the power to cut their way out.

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* In ''Manga/GundamSEEDAstray'', the heroes are ''Manga/MobileSuitGundamSEEDAstray'', protagonist Lowe Guele (who's practically a genius-level mechanical engineer) gets locked in a weapons testing dome by a CorruptCorporateExecutive trying to force them him to sell their his [[SuperPrototype Gundam]]. Fortunately, they had said Gundam and Astray Red Frame]]. Besides the Red Frame, he has a whole pile of salvaged HumongousMecha with them at parts he was looking to sell when the time. So they cobble deal went south. Needless to say, Lowe manages to get out by cobbling together a power converter out of the parts, and hook up a Beam Sword using it to channel the facility's own power supply into his beam saber so they'd have he could cut his way through the power to cut their way out.reinforced walls.
26th Jul '17 7:57:27 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* In the Haven Hive arc of ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' with Lt. Ventura -- Major Murtaugh tried to be GenreSavvy and not have the "[[PuppyDogEyes helpless-with-the-big-eyes]]" looking girl guarded by a human that might be swayed by it. She didn't even ask the prisoner's name and couldn't have known that allowing the genius roboticist with [[TheDreaded widely known and feared reputation]] among robots time alone with a robot and the AI controlling the spacecraft means the next phrase a human being will hear from her will be [[spoiler:"get off my ship"]]. The incredulous tone Ventura used at the suggestion of guarding her with a robot might have been a tip-off; her captor apparently misinterpreted it as the tone of voice one might use to say "You're posting '''five''' guards to my cell?" as opposed to the disbelief of a child over being locked in a cell made of caramel.

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* In the Haven Hive arc of ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' with Lt. Ventura -- Major Murtaugh tried to be GenreSavvy and not have the "[[PuppyDogEyes helpless-with-the-big-eyes]]" looking girl guarded by a human that might be swayed by it. She didn't even ask the prisoner's name and couldn't have known that allowing the genius roboticist with [[TheDreaded widely known and feared reputation]] among robots time alone with a robot and the AI controlling the spacecraft means the next phrase a human being will hear from her will be [[spoiler:"get off my ship"]]. The incredulous tone Ventura used at the suggestion of guarding her with a robot might have been a tip-off; her captor apparently misinterpreted it as the tone of voice one might use to say "You're posting '''five''' guards to my cell?" as opposed to the disbelief of a child over being locked in a cell made of caramel.
4th Jul '17 4:23:37 AM Bissek
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* There are several other ''Series/MacGyver'' examples. It even gets lampshaded in ''Series/MacGyver2016''. When Mac gets put into protective custody by his boss, Thornton has all the furnishings of the room he's locked into removed first, claiming that if they left him a chair, he'd somehow turn it into a cannon. Mac then proceeded to break out using some wire pulled out of the ceiling and an electrical outlet.

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* There are several other ''Series/MacGyver'' examples. It even gets lampshaded in ''Series/MacGyver2016''. When Mac gets put into protective custody by his boss, Thornton has all the furnishings of the room he's locked into removed first, claiming that if they left him a chair, he'd somehow turn it into a cannon.cannon (which Mac objects to on the grounds that [[ComicallyMissingThePoint he'd also need some kind of propellant to make a cannon]]). Mac then proceeded to break out using some wire pulled out of the ceiling and an electrical outlet.
16th Apr '17 10:48:24 AM Mitis
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* In Creator/MNightShyamalan's ''Film/TheLastAirbender'', the Fire Nation's [[TooDumbToLive stupidity]] is TurnedUpToEleven. In the show (see the Western Animation folder), they keep Earthbenders imprisoned on a large metal platform far out to sea, where no earth is available for the Earthbenders to use against their captors until they discover that the ship runs on coal. In this movie, however, they keep the Earthbenders imprisoned ''in a quarry.'' With only a handful of guards keeping the order. Their prison is literally made out of weaponry. The implication is that the Earthbenders are too psychologically broken to fight back in the first place. WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSu0HeRnG18 one review]] called this akin to locking up an Ice creambender in a Baskin-Robbins.

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* In Creator/MNightShyamalan's ''Film/TheLastAirbender'', the Fire Nation's [[TooDumbToLive stupidity]] is TurnedUpToEleven. In the show (see the Western Animation folder), they keep Earthbenders imprisoned on a large metal platform far out to sea, where no earth is available for the Earthbenders to use against their captors until they discover that the ship runs on coal. In this movie, however, they keep the Earthbenders imprisoned ''in a quarry.'' With quarry,'' with only a handful of guards keeping the order. Their Even the fact that they've been psychologically broken doesn't excuse putting them in a prison that is literally made out of weaponry. The implication WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic, who is that a big fan of the Earthbenders are too psychologically broken original series, referred to fight back this in the first place. WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSu0HeRnG18 one review]] called this his review of the film]] as being akin to locking up an Ice creambender ice cream-bender in a Baskin-Robbins.
14th Mar '17 8:32:43 AM ExeloMinish
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** In UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}, giving ComicBook/LexLuthor pretty much ''anything'' in prison was a bad idea. In ''ComicBook/AllStarSuperman'', a homage to the Silver Age, while on Death Row he creates a robot that reads classic literature to him... [[spoiler: that can speak at a high enough frequency to dig through solid rock]]. He later gets the chance to mix a cocktail for his last meal... [[spoiler: he mixes a chemical formula that gives him Kryptonian powers for 24 hours]]. At one point it got so ridiculous that the only thing that they would allow him in prison was pen and paper. He noted to himself that he ''could'' break out of prison with just a notepad and a pen, but if he did that, the next time he got locked up the guards wouldn't let him have pen and paper anymore.

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** In UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}, giving ComicBook/LexLuthor pretty much ''anything'' in prison was a bad idea.idea, the most famous example being his creation of a time-displacing ray gun from a spring, a flashlight and some cans of fruit juice. In ''ComicBook/AllStarSuperman'', a homage to the Silver Age, while on Death Row he creates a robot that reads classic literature to him... [[spoiler: that can speak at a high enough frequency to dig through solid rock]]. He later gets the chance to mix a cocktail for his last meal... [[spoiler: he mixes a chemical formula that gives him Kryptonian powers for 24 hours]]. At one point it got so ridiculous that the only thing that they would allow him in prison was pen and paper. He noted to himself that he ''could'' break out of prison with just a notepad and a pen, but if he did that, the next time he got locked up the guards wouldn't let him have pen and paper anymore.
11th Mar '17 4:45:35 PM sheika
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* The whole point of the ''VisualNovel/ZeroEscape'' gameplay. You're in a room that has exactly the items and mechanisms you need to escape your sore doom. Subverted in that the rooms are built ''in order'' for the protagonists to escape.
8th Mar '17 2:59:05 AM StFan
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* Taken to a whole new level in ''Anime/{{Pokemon 2000}}''. The villain, who has just captured Zapdos, has managed to accidentally catch Ash & Co as well and put them in a cage. Then, breaking all laws of common sense, ''lets them go'' as he monologues, free to wander around his makeshift museum with the captured Zapdos and Moltres, seemingly convinced they they would not do something inconvenient, like go and break out the imprisoned birds...

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* Taken to a whole new level in ''Anime/{{Pokemon 2000}}''.''Anime/Pokemon2000''. The villain, who has just captured Zapdos, has managed to accidentally catch Ash & Co as well and put them in a cage. Then, breaking all laws of common sense, ''lets them go'' as he monologues, free to wander around his makeshift museum with the captured Zapdos and Moltres, seemingly convinced they they would not do something inconvenient, like go and break out the imprisoned birds...



* In Creator/MarkWaid's ''Comicbook/FantasticFour: Unthinkable, Part 3 '' , Doctor Doom imprisons Reed Richards behind a magical door locked with (according to Doom) a very basic enchantment that even a beginner magician could break. The room also has a massive library of magical tomes, more than enough to learn how to break the enchantment (again, according to Doom). This is a subversion, though: Reed is completely incompetent when it comes to magic, so the library only serves to taunt him and his limitation. When Reed finally admits his incompetence, it turns out to be the magic words that unlock the door. Apparently Doom never expected Reed to do something that Doom, in his arrogance, would ''never'' do. Though [[XanatosGambit Reed Richards admitting his inferiority to Doom can still be seen as a win for Doom]].

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* In Creator/MarkWaid's ''Comicbook/FantasticFour: ''ComicBook/FantasticFour: Unthinkable, Part 3 '' , Doctor Doom imprisons Reed Richards behind a magical door locked with (according to Doom) a very basic enchantment that even a beginner magician could break. The room also has a massive library of magical tomes, more than enough to learn how to break the enchantment (again, according to Doom). This is a subversion, though: Reed is completely incompetent when it comes to magic, so the library only serves to taunt him and his limitation. When Reed finally admits his incompetence, it turns out to be the magic words that unlock the door. Apparently Doom never expected Reed to do something that Doom, in his arrogance, would ''never'' do. Though [[XanatosGambit Reed Richards admitting his inferiority to Doom can still be seen as a win for Doom]].



* The origin of ''Comicbook/IronMan'' is a classic example. Capture a brilliant engineer, tell him to create weapons for you, and then leave him alone (save for a scientist who also hates you) with everything he needs to do it? Gee, [[WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong who could have guessed]] ''that'' was going to backfire on them?

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* ''ComicBook/IronMan'':
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The origin of ''Comicbook/IronMan'' story is a classic example. Capture a brilliant engineer, tell him to create weapons for you, and then leave him alone (save for a scientist who also hates you) with everything he needs to do it? Gee, [[WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong who could have guessed]] ''that'' was going to backfire on them?



* ''SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker''. Arkham Asylum keeps trying to give Joker a job or two to do. Letting him into the janitor's closet was a really bad idea.
* In the original {{Tintin}} comic, ''[[Recap/TintinTintinInTheLandOfTheSoviets Tintin in the Land of the Soviets]]'', Tintin is locked in a jail cell that conveniently happens to have a diving suit in it.

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* ''SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker''.''ComicBook/TheJoker''. Arkham Asylum keeps trying to give Joker a job or two to do. Letting him into the janitor's closet was a really bad idea.
* ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'':
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In the original {{Tintin}} comic, ''[[Recap/TintinTintinInTheLandOfTheSoviets Tintin in the Land of the Soviets]]'', Tintin is locked in a jail cell that conveniently happens to have a diving suit in it.



* Happened to a ridiculous degree in ComicBook/GoldDigger where the title character after being tossed into a cell creates a forge from scraps around the cell and is well on her way to creating super-technology within days of being tossed into it without her captors noticing.

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* Happened to a ridiculous degree in ComicBook/GoldDigger ''ComicBook/GoldDigger'' where the title character after being tossed into a cell creates a forge from scraps around the cell and is well on her way to creating super-technology within days of being tossed into it without her captors noticing.



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* In the Franchise/WallaceAndGromit short ''WesternAnimation/AMatterOfLoafAndDeath'', the villain locks Gromit in the supply closet where the hot-air balloon was kept. Guess how he escaped.
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* ''Film/MastersOfTheUniverse'' uses this trope to create a HopeSpot: Skeletor has captured He-Man and taken him back to Eternia, and has broken the Cosmic Key, stranding the rest of the heroes on Earth...then he grabs the IdiotBall and leaves the broken Key behind with the rest of the heroes, the Key's inventor, all the spare parts needed to fix the Key, and a guy who can figure out how to set the Key to teleport them all directly into Skeletor's throne room.

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* ''Film/MastersOfTheUniverse'' uses this trope to create a HopeSpot: Skeletor has captured He-Man and taken him back to Eternia, and has broken the Cosmic Key, stranding the rest of the heroes on Earth... then he grabs the IdiotBall and leaves the broken Key behind with the rest of the heroes, the Key's inventor, all the spare parts needed to fix the Key, and a guy who can figure out how to set the Key to teleport them all directly into Skeletor's throne room.



* {{Subverted}} in many ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels that features the principal character getting locked in a cell of some sort; the characters, via narration, complain that their jailers hadn't supplied them with any of the necessary means of escape. A notable example in ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'' when the eponymous regiment is locked in a ''kitchen'' - not only does their makeshift cell lack any of the useful weapon-type things one would expect to find in a kitchen (knives, rolling pins, etc), but it also appears to contain ''no food at all.''
** Also played straight in the same book, as one of the companions of the protagonist is a pyromaniac and the soldiers helpfully leave them in a room full of flour.[[note]]Flour, like many organic powders, is explosive when suspended in air.[[/note]]

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* {{Subverted}} in many ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels that features the principal character getting locked in a cell of some sort; the characters, via narration, complain that their jailers hadn't supplied them with any of the necessary means of escape. escape.
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A notable example in ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'' when the eponymous regiment is locked in a ''kitchen'' - -- not only does their makeshift cell lack any of the useful weapon-type things one would expect to find in a kitchen (knives, rolling pins, etc), etc.), but it also appears to contain ''no food at all.''
** Also played straight in the same book, as one of the companions of the protagonist is a pyromaniac and the soldiers helpfully leave them in a room full of flour.[[note]]Flour, (Flour, like many organic powders, is explosive when suspended in air.[[/note]])



** Another ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' subversion is in ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant'', where Vimes is imprisoned by Dwarves and slipped some kind of particularly deadly assassin's weapon with which to take out his guards. It is a subversion, as he correctly reasons that the weapon was only provided so that he could be legitimately executed if he used it (Plus, it's a single-shot weapon, and there's more than one guard), and thus he only knocks the guards unconscious when escaping.

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** Another ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' subversion is in ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant'', where Vimes is imprisoned by Dwarves and slipped some kind of particularly deadly assassin's weapon with which to take out his guards. It is a subversion, as he correctly reasons that the weapon was only provided so that he could be legitimately executed if he used it (Plus, (plus, it's a single-shot weapon, and there's more than one guard), and thus he only knocks the guards unconscious when escaping.



** At the beginning of ''Discworld/GoingPostal'', Moist van Lipwig has spent several weeks removing the mortar around a large flagstone in his condemned cell with his prison issued spoon. This wears the spoon away to basically nothing, but he finally succeeds in moving the stone - only to discover a much-better reinforced wall and a fresh spoon on the other side. The guards then immediately come and congratulate him for not giving up, and reveal that at least one other seeming flaw in the cell wouldn't allow a prisoner to escape either. This prison may not exactly be inescapable, but in order to do so you would have to out-think Vetinari.

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** At the beginning of ''Discworld/GoingPostal'', Moist van Lipwig has spent several weeks removing the mortar around a large flagstone in his condemned cell with his prison issued spoon. This wears the spoon away to basically nothing, but he finally succeeds in moving the stone - -- only to discover a much-better reinforced wall and a fresh spoon on the other side. The guards then immediately come and congratulate him for not giving up, and reveal that at least one other seeming flaw in the cell wouldn't allow a prisoner to escape either. This prison may not exactly be inescapable, but in order to do so you would have to out-think Vetinari.



* In Creator/JulesVerne's ''Literature/RoburTheConqueror'', Robur intends to imprison Uncle Prudent and Phil Evans on his secret hideaway island for the rest of their lives…but first, he takes them on a long trip in a flying machine stocked with ropes, tools, and explosives. The inevitable escape ensues.

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* In Creator/JulesVerne's ''Literature/RoburTheConqueror'', Robur intends to imprison Uncle Prudent and Phil Evans on his secret hideaway island for the rest of their lives…but lives... but first, he takes them on a long trip in a flying machine stocked with ropes, tools, and explosives. The inevitable escape ensues.



* ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' had a part in the second book where Luke tried to imprison Percy ([[MakingASplash son of]] [[Myth/GreekMythology Poseidon]]) on a boat. Needless to say, they escape easily enough. [[spoiler:Justified in that Luke actually wanted them to escape.]]

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* ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' had has a part in the second book where Luke tried tries to imprison Percy ([[MakingASplash son of]] [[Myth/GreekMythology Poseidon]]) on a boat. Needless to say, they escape easily enough. [[spoiler:Justified in that Luke actually wanted them to escape.]]



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* There are several other ''Series/MacGyver'' examples.
** It even gets lampshaded in ''Series/MacGyver2016''. When Mac gets put into protective custody by his boss, Thornton has all the furnishings of the room he's locked into removed first, claiming that if they left him a chair, he'd somehow turn it into a cannon. Mac then proceeded to break out using some wire pulled out of the ceiling and an electrical outlet.

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* There are several other ''Series/MacGyver'' examples.
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examples. It even gets lampshaded in ''Series/MacGyver2016''. When Mac gets put into protective custody by his boss, Thornton has all the furnishings of the room he's locked into removed first, claiming that if they left him a chair, he'd somehow turn it into a cannon. Mac then proceeded to break out using some wire pulled out of the ceiling and an electrical outlet.



* ''Series/DoctorWho'': "The Dalek Invasion of Earth". The Daleks lock the Doctor in a cell with a bar magnet. Dalek doors all use magnetic locks. Subverted because their goal was to [[spoiler:find out if their prisoners were smart enough to escape.]]
** Also in ''Series/DoctorWho'': "Attack of the Cybermen". The Doctor is locked in a storeroom containing explosives. Explosives just powerful enough to blow a large hole in a thick futuristic metal door without harming a person crouching at the other end of the small room.
** "The Doctor's Wife": House possesses the TARDIS and leaves the Doctor behind on his planetoid former body, which happens to be TARDIS graveyard.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': ''Series/DoctorWho'':
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"The Dalek Invasion of Earth". The Daleks lock the Doctor in a cell with a bar magnet. Dalek doors all use magnetic locks. Subverted because their goal was to [[spoiler:find out if their prisoners were smart enough to escape.]]
** Also in ''Series/DoctorWho'': "Attack of the Cybermen". The Doctor is locked in a storeroom containing explosives. Explosives just powerful enough to blow a large hole in a thick futuristic metal door without harming a person crouching at the other end of the small room.
** "The Doctor's Wife": House possesses the TARDIS and leaves the Doctor behind on his planetoid former body, which happens to be a TARDIS graveyard.



* ''Series/TheATeam'': Pretty much every episode involves the A-Team getting trapped somewhere like a barn where they could bust out via an armored car [[ATeamMontage quickly]] thrown together using the materials at hand. This trope could just as easily have been called Locking The A Team In The Motor Pool Workshop.
** One of the worst - in one episode they are on an Army base, and get locked ''in the armory''.
*** Lampshaded in one of the novelisations, when Hannibal asks the others if they've ever noticed how often the bad guys lock them up with everything they need to escape.
** Competing with the above example, and perhaps even more bizarre, is the episode ''The Heart of Rock and Roll'', where the team is captured inside a prison, yet are inexplicably locked up in an unguarded workshop. The guards don't even bother handcuffing them.

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* ''Series/TheATeam'': Pretty much every episode involves the A-Team getting trapped somewhere like a barn where they could bust out via an armored car [[ATeamMontage quickly]] thrown together using the materials at hand. This trope could just as easily have been called Locking The A Team In The "Locking the A-Team in the Motor Pool Workshop.
Workshop".
** One of the worst - -- in one episode they are on an Army base, and get locked ''in the armory''.
*** ** Lampshaded in one of the novelisations, when Hannibal asks the others if they've ever noticed how often the bad guys lock them up with everything they need to escape.
** Competing with the above example, and perhaps even more bizarre, is the episode ''The "The Heart of Rock and Roll'', Roll", where the team is captured inside a prison, yet are inexplicably locked up in an unguarded workshop. The guards don't even bother handcuffing them.



* ''Series/{{Columbo}}'', "No Time to Die" (1992) The bride of Columbo's nephew is kidnapped and trapped in a room. She uses vinegar left with her dinner to help remove the rust from the door hinges, while lubricating the pins. She scrapes away the rust with a fork and is able to push the pins out, freeing herself from the room. Sadly not from the rest of the house.

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* ''Series/{{Columbo}}'', "No Time to Die" (1992) (1992). The bride of Columbo's nephew is kidnapped and trapped in a room. She uses vinegar left with her dinner to help remove the rust from the door hinges, while lubricating the pins. She scrapes away the rust with a fork and is able to push the pins out, freeing herself from the room. Sadly not from the rest of the house.



* In the ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'' ''Series/MacGyver'' special, Adam and Jamie demonstrated that it was possible to escape a locked room by picking the door lock... ''with lightbulb filaments''.
** Subverted later that same episode, when as part of the [=MacGyver=] challenge, they were presented with a mock campsite which contained everything they needed to create a potato cannon (PVC tubes, gas under pressure, ignition source, potatoes) - something the show had in fact covered in a previous episode - [[OffTheRails and built a signal kite instead]]. Which may or may not count as a subversion, because ''the kite worked''.

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* ''Series/MythBusters'':
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In the ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'' ''Series/MacGyver'' special, Adam and Jamie demonstrated that it was possible to escape a locked room by picking the door lock... ''with lightbulb filaments''.
** Subverted later that same episode, when as part of the [=MacGyver=] challenge, they were presented with a mock campsite which contained everything they needed to create a potato cannon (PVC tubes, gas under pressure, ignition source, potatoes) - -- something the show had in fact covered in a previous episode - -- [[OffTheRails and built a signal kite instead]]. Which may or may not count as a subversion, because ''the kite worked''.



** On their ''Series/TheATeam'' Special, the Mythbusters first attempt to duplicate the results of a particular case in which the A Team are locked in a lumberyard and manage to create a kind of board-throwing gun. Having shown that the method used in the show doesn't work, Adam and Jamie then set out to place themselves in the same situation: they were locked in a lumberyard full of equipment with a time limit until the "bad guys" would return, and were indeed able to create a functional board-throwing gun in those conditions.
* A variation on this appeared in ''Series/{{CSINY}}''; while investigating the death of a millionaire inside his mansion's panic room, one of the [=CSIs=] accidentally activates the protocol that seals him inside. While he doesn't use the items in there to escape (his friends call a locksmith to do that), he ''does'' use them to replace the forensics kit he left outside and complete the processing of the crime scene.
** And in a variation on this theme, an [[IrishMob Irish drug cartel]] once staged a crime scene to kidnap Danny and Adam, and held them prisoner while their teammates raided the central office (where they hoped to recover several tons of confiscated drugs.) Mistake #1: Danny had brought, and eventually regained access to, his forensics kit, which contained corrosive compounds. Mistake #2: the cartel leaders failed to lure Mac, Stella, and Hawkes from the CSI labs, where ''they'' had access to a whole plethora of tools and firearms with which to defend themselves and the evidence. (Mac was even able to rig up a [[ChekhovsGun claymore mine]] from ordinary lab materials.)
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** On their ''Series/TheATeam'' Special, the Mythbusters [=MythBusters=] first attempt to duplicate the results of a particular case in which the A Team A-Team are locked in a lumberyard and manage to create a kind of board-throwing gun. Having shown that the method used in the show doesn't work, Adam and Jamie then set out to place themselves in the same situation: they were locked in a lumberyard full of equipment with a time limit until the "bad guys" would return, and were indeed able to create a functional board-throwing gun in those conditions.
* ''Series/{{CSINY}}'':
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A variation on this appeared in ''Series/{{CSINY}}''; variation: while investigating the death of a millionaire inside his mansion's panic room, one of the [=CSIs=] accidentally activates the protocol that seals him inside. While he doesn't use the items in there to escape (his friends call a locksmith to do that), he ''does'' use them to replace the forensics kit he left outside and complete the processing of the crime scene.
** And in a variation on this theme, an [[IrishMob Irish drug cartel]] once staged stages a crime scene to kidnap Danny and Adam, and held holds them prisoner while their teammates raided raid the central office (where they hoped hope to recover several tons of confiscated drugs.) drugs). Mistake #1: Danny had has brought, and eventually regained regains access to, his forensics kit, which contained contains corrosive compounds. Mistake #2: the cartel leaders failed fail to lure Mac, Stella, and Hawkes from the CSI labs, where ''they'' had have access to a whole plethora of tools and firearms with which to defend themselves and the evidence. (Mac was is even able to rig up a [[ChekhovsGun claymore mine]] from ordinary lab materials.)
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'':



* A very similar incident appeared in a second-season episode of ''Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury'' wherein the doctor hypnotizes Wilma Deering to escape a force field with the same properties.
* In the ''Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury'' episode ''Space Rockers'', Buck and the musical group Andromeda are locked in a room containing a musical device that with some minor modification is capable of sonically breaking a door lock.
* Hilariously parodied in the ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode "Rimmerworld", in which Lister comes up with a lengthy and elaborate plan to escape from a prison cell, and Kryten replies "Or we could use the teleporter."
** "Quarantine" had the main characters in a, yes, quarantined room with dwindling oxygen. It just so happened that the group was locked in along with a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Luck Virus.]] With an injection of artificial luck, Lister was able to open the door by randomly pressing buttons on the keypad-lock. Of course, it did take them five days to figure that out.

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* ''Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury'':
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A very similar incident appeared to the above appears in a second-season episode of ''Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury'' episode, wherein the doctor hypnotizes Wilma Deering to escape a force field with the same properties.
* ** In the ''Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury'' episode ''Space Rockers'', "Space Rockers", Buck and the musical group Andromeda are locked in a room containing a musical device that with some minor modification is capable of sonically breaking a door lock.
* ''Series/RedDwarf'':
**
Hilariously parodied in the ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode "Rimmerworld", in which Lister comes up with a lengthy and elaborate plan to escape from a prison cell, and Kryten replies "Or we could use the teleporter."
** "Quarantine" had has the main characters in a, yes, quarantined room with dwindling oxygen. It just so happened happens that the group was is locked in along with a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Luck Virus.]] With an injection of artificial luck, Lister was is able to open the door by randomly pressing buttons on the keypad-lock. Of course, it did does take them five days to figure that out.



* ''Series/StargateSG1'''s episode "Prometheus" had a hijack attempt of the Earth's still-under-construction space battleship while Sam Carter was on it. At one point, evading pursuit, she ducks into a storage closet filled with supplies the construction crew was using to finish the ship, and closes the door. Because the external door controls haven't been installed yet, the hijackers decide that the best way to keep her out of trouble would be just to lock down the door entirely, trapping her in there. ...this turned out to be a pretty stupid idea.

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* ''Series/StargateSG1'''s ''Series/StargateSG1'':
** The
episode "Prometheus" had has a hijack attempt of the Earth's still-under-construction space battleship while Sam Carter was is on it. At one point, evading pursuit, she ducks into a storage closet filled with supplies the construction crew was using to finish the ship, and closes the door. Because the external door controls haven't been installed yet, the hijackers decide that the best way to keep her out of trouble would be just to lock down the door entirely, trapping her in there. ...there... this turned turns out to be a pretty stupid idea.



-->'''Amanda Tapping:''' You spend seven years on ''Series/MacGyver'' and you can't figure this one out? We...we've got belt buckles, and shoelaces and a piece of gum; build a nuclear reactor, for crying out loud. You used to be [=MacGyver=], [=MacGadget=], [=MacGimmick=]. Now you're Mister [=MacUseless=]. ''(crew & RDA start to laugh)'' Dear God! Stuck on a glacier with ''[=MacGyver=]''!
* Hodgins and Brennen on ''Series/{{Bones}}'' may have outperformed even Series/MacGyver in the first Gravedigger episode, when they were buried alive inside a car. They couldn't bust themselves out, but they did manage to prolong their own lives and communicate their location to rescuers using such items as a pocket knife, camera, car horn, depowered cell phone, lithium batteries, dirt, and an ''extremely'' expensive bottle of perfume.
* In ''Series/BreakingBad'', Walter White was tied to a heater within reach of a glass electric coffee jug. He accidentally flung the jug out of reach, but then escaped by ripping the wire out of the base, plugging in the other end and soldering his bonds. {{Justified}}, as his bondage was an improvised solution and his captor had no time to thoroughly sweep the room for possible avenues of escape.

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-->'''Amanda --->'''Amanda Tapping:''' You spend seven years on ''Series/MacGyver'' and you can't figure this one out? We...we've got belt buckles, and shoelaces and a piece of gum; build a nuclear reactor, for crying out loud. You used to be [=MacGyver=], [=MacGadget=], [=MacGimmick=]. Now you're Mister [=MacUseless=]. ''(crew ''[crew & RDA start to laugh)'' laugh]'' Dear God! Stuck on a glacier with ''[=MacGyver=]''!
* Hodgins and Brennen on ''Series/{{Bones}}'' may have outperformed even Series/MacGyver [=MacGyver=] in the first Gravedigger episode, when they were are buried alive inside a car. They couldn't can't bust themselves out, but they did do manage to prolong their own lives and communicate their location to rescuers using such items as a pocket knife, camera, car horn, depowered cell phone, lithium batteries, dirt, and an ''extremely'' expensive bottle of perfume.
* In ''Series/BreakingBad'', Walter White was is tied to a heater within reach of a glass electric coffee jug. He accidentally flung flings the jug out of reach, but then escaped escapes by ripping the wire out of the base, plugging in the other end and soldering his bonds. {{Justified}}, as his bondage was an improvised solution and his captor had no time to thoroughly sweep the room for possible avenues of escape.



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* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' likes to use this one. In the first game, for example, you're locked up in a jail cell with nothing but the clothes on your back and a useless bottle of ketchup. Naturally, you lie down on the floor and pour the ketchup all over yourself. When the guard comes in to check on the suddenly bloodied prisoner, you snap his neck and haul tail out of there.

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* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' likes to use this one. one.
**
In the first game, for example, you're locked up in a jail cell with nothing but the clothes on your back and a useless bottle of ketchup. Naturally, you lie down on the floor and pour the ketchup all over yourself. When the guard comes in to check on the suddenly bloodied prisoner, you snap his neck and haul tail out of there.



* ''[[VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh Tron 2.0]]:'' F-Con probably would have succeeded if they hadn't been fool enough to lock ''Alan Bradley'' (as in, the guy who programmed Tron) in a closet full of computer parts.
* ''JollyRover'': James is locked in a ship's hold containing supplies anyone can use to escape, including a crate containing crowbars and skeleton keys, a cannon with gunpowder, and a box labeled "Escape Kit." Subverted in that he doesn't use any of those things because he either doesn't realize their potential or he can't open the crates.
* In ''{{Postal}} 2'', you can use matches to set off the fire alarm in your cell, which [[FridgeLogic automatically opens every cell in the jail]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'', after the Enclave captures you and takes you to Raven Rock, they stupidly put all your possessions in a locker ''in'' your cell. [[spoiler: Subverted in that President Eden wants you to carry out his plan which [[TheDragon Colonel Autumn]] is really against and more than suspects that Autumn might try to have you killed]]

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* ''[[VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh Tron 2.0]]:'' ''VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh:'' F-Con probably would have succeeded if they hadn't been fool enough to lock ''Alan Bradley'' (as in, the guy who programmed Tron) in a closet full of computer parts.
* ''JollyRover'': ''VideoGame/JollyRover'': James is locked in a ship's hold containing supplies anyone can use to escape, including a crate containing crowbars and skeleton keys, a cannon with gunpowder, and a box labeled "Escape Kit." Subverted in that he doesn't use any of those things because he either doesn't realize their potential or he can't open the crates.
* In ''{{Postal}} 2'', ''VideoGame/Postal2'', you can use matches to set off the fire alarm in your cell, which [[FridgeLogic automatically opens every cell in the jail]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'', ''VideoGame/Fallout3'', after the Enclave captures you and takes you to Raven Rock, they stupidly put all your possessions in a locker ''in'' your cell. [[spoiler: Subverted [[spoiler:Subverted in that President Eden wants you to carry out his plan which [[TheDragon Colonel Autumn]] is really against and more than suspects that Autumn might try to have you killed]]



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* [[http://imago.hitherby.com/?p=227 This]] ''Literature/HitherbyDragons'' story has minions discussing where to lock [=MacGyver=], before having to, reluctantly, lock him in a bare room.
** [[spoiler: It doesn't work.]]

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* [[http://imago.hitherby.com/?p=227 This]] ''Literature/HitherbyDragons'' story has minions discussing where to lock [=MacGyver=], before having to, reluctantly, lock him in a bare room.
** [[spoiler: It
room. [[spoiler:It doesn't work.]]



** So, stone cages can't hold Toph, and now neither can metal cages. Somehow, this news reaches a certain group of guards who capture her, who put her in a cage made of ''wood''. But Katara joins her there shortly afterwards, with no water to bend…[[TookALevelInBadass and breaks out using her]] ''[[ImprobableWeaponUser sweat]]''.
** The prison in "The Boiling Rock" is obviously intended for Firebending prisoners -- it has several rows of refrigerated "coolers" used as punishment for Firebending. Once it was dismantled, the cooler's insulation makes it an ideal boat to cross the lake that surrounds the prison, which is heated to boiling temperatures by the volcano beneath it.
* Played with in the second season episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'' animated series, "Leonardo da Vinci and His Fightin' Genius Time Commandos!" Leonardo Da Vinci and other famous inventors throughout history are kidnapped by a MadScientist and locked in a cage. Leonardo escapes largely by using the mattresses and flatware to make a flying machine. When the rest discuss inventing their own escape method, Ben Franklin says bitterly, "How? Da Vinci used all the best stuff!" George Washington Carver laments, "If I could just reach those peanuts...!". Then Wheel the caveman takes the sheets and invents a rope, which they use to climb out and turn the stuff outside the cell into an A-Team style war machine.

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** So, stone cages can't hold Toph, and now neither can metal cages. Somehow, this news reaches a certain group of guards who capture her, who put her in a cage made of ''wood''. But Katara joins her there shortly afterwards, with no water to bend…[[TookALevelInBadass bend...[[TookALevelInBadass and breaks out using her]] ''[[ImprobableWeaponUser sweat]]''.
** The prison in "The Boiling Rock" is obviously intended for Firebending prisoners -- it has several rows of refrigerated "coolers" used as punishment for Firebending. Once it was is dismantled, the cooler's insulation makes it an ideal boat to cross the lake that surrounds the prison, which is heated to boiling temperatures by the volcano beneath it.
* Played with in the second season episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'' animated series, "Leonardo da Vinci and His Fightin' Genius Time Commandos!" Leonardo Da Vinci and other famous inventors throughout history are kidnapped by a MadScientist and locked in a cage. Leonardo escapes largely by using the mattresses and flatware to make a flying machine. When the rest discuss inventing their own escape method, Ben Franklin says bitterly, "How? Da Vinci used all the best stuff!" George Washington Carver laments, "If I could just reach those peanuts...!". !" Then Wheel the caveman takes the sheets and invents a rope, which they use to climb out and turn the stuff outside the cell into an A-Team style war machine.



* As mentioned above, Batman. In the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' series, he was captured by a group of criminals in restrained, without his utility belt, in a full-body restraint made of inch-thick metal cables. He doesn't go anywhere at first, preferring instead to [[TalkingYourWayOut screw with the dysfunctional bad guy team]] from the inside. When that stops being fun, he promptly escapes to beat the Joker up. Then again, Batman is wearing his own store cupboard.
** In the episode ''A Better World'', when Batman is captured and put in a prison, his alternative universe counterpart, Lord-Batman, points out not to bother trying a certain technique since he build to prison specifically to counter anything Batman could think of (since being another version of Batman, he can think of everything Batman would). [[spoiler: Flash then escapes by speeding up his heart rate so it appears like he has flatlined, causing Lord-Batman to open the prison to check on him]].
* In the Franchise/WallaceAndGromit short, ''WesternAnimation/AMatterOfLoafAndDeath'', the villain locks Gromit in the supply closet where the hot-air balloon was kept. Guess how he escaped.

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* As mentioned above, Batman. In the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' series, he was ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'':
** Batman is
captured by a group of criminals in and is restrained, without his utility belt, in a full-body restraint made of inch-thick metal cables. He doesn't go anywhere at first, preferring instead to [[TalkingYourWayOut screw with the dysfunctional bad guy team]] from the inside. When that stops being fun, he promptly escapes to beat the Joker up. Then again, Batman is wearing his own store cupboard.
** In the episode ''A "A Better World'', World", when Batman is captured and put in a prison, his alternative universe counterpart, Lord-Batman, points out not to bother trying a certain technique since he build to prison specifically to counter anything Batman could think of (since being another version of Batman, he can think of everything Batman would). [[spoiler: Flash [[spoiler:Flash then escapes by speeding up his heart rate so it appears like he has flatlined, causing Lord-Batman to open the prison to check on him]].
* In the Franchise/WallaceAndGromit short, ''WesternAnimation/AMatterOfLoafAndDeath'', the villain locks Gromit in the supply closet where the hot-air balloon was kept. Guess how he escaped.
him]].



* Prisons are made very spartan in part to avert this trope. Many common items are specifically redesigned for prisons so that they cannot be used to create weapons or means of escape. For example, toothbrushes are made with very small handles and brush fibers that will not melt into a glue-like substance so that they cannot be made into shivs.
** Of course, such specialized items were introduced by prison staff only after they experienced a bit too much TruthInTelevision. Even with all these precautions, prisoners continue to innovate new methods of creating weapons and other contraband (such as alcohol) from items provided to them. One prisoner featured on MSNBC's Lock-Up created a surprisingly effective shiv out of several pieces of hard candy. Others have fashioned functioning shivs out of toilet paper (used as papier mache) and with lots and lots of matches.
* Frank Morris and the Anglen brothers, Clarence and John, escaped from the "inescapable" Alcatraz off the coast of San Francisco by making a raft and life jackets out of raincoats, hiding the holes they dug from their cell with fake [[AirVentPassageway vents]] made of cardboard, and putting fake dummy heads in their beds, complete with real hair from the barber shop. Experts disagree on whether they could have made it to shore or not with the materials they had.
** Adam and Jamie of ''Series/MythBusters'' called this one plausible. They were also able to whip up a variety of nasty implements ''including a functional crossbow'' from items one could get in jail; like underwear elastic and newspaper.

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* Prisons are made very spartan in part to avert this trope. Many common items are specifically redesigned for prisons so that they cannot be used to create weapons or means of escape. For example, toothbrushes are made with very small handles and brush fibers that will not melt into a glue-like substance so that they cannot be made into shivs.
**
shivs. Of course, such specialized items were introduced by prison staff only after they experienced a bit too much TruthInTelevision. Even with all these precautions, prisoners continue to innovate new methods of creating weapons and other contraband (such as alcohol) from items provided to them. One prisoner featured on MSNBC's Lock-Up created a surprisingly effective shiv out of several pieces of hard candy. Others have fashioned functioning shivs out of toilet paper (used as papier mache) and with lots and lots of matches.
* Frank Morris and the Anglen brothers, Clarence and John, escaped from the "inescapable" Alcatraz off the coast of San Francisco by making a raft and life jackets out of raincoats, hiding the holes they dug from their cell with fake [[AirVentPassageway vents]] made of cardboard, and putting fake dummy heads in their beds, complete with real hair from the barber shop. Experts disagree on whether they could have made it to shore or not with the materials they had.
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had. Adam and Jamie of ''Series/MythBusters'' called this one plausible. They were also able to whip up a variety of nasty implements ''including a functional crossbow'' from items one could get in jail; like underwear elastic and newspaper.



* The case of John Hunt Morgan, a Confederate General captured during the Civil War. Morgan and several of his officers escaped from an Ohio prison by digging through the floor of their cells to reach an airspace underneath the prison and then dug out to the courtyard. In order to finalize their escape, the prisoners utilized tied up bed sheets to climb the outer wall. As an added bonus, a mocking note was left for their guards which included a summary of how many hours of work the escape had required and thanked the guards for their hospitality.

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* The case of John Hunt Morgan, a Confederate General captured during the Civil War. Morgan and several of his officers escaped from an Ohio prison by digging through the floor of their cells to reach an airspace underneath the prison and then dug out to the courtyard. In order to finalize their escape, the prisoners utilized tied up tied-up bed sheets to climb the outer wall. As an added bonus, a mocking note was left for their guards which included a summary of how many hours of work the escape had required and thanked the guards for their hospitality.



* The first successful escape from [[http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stalag_Luft_III Stalag Luft III]] involved the prisoners hiding the tunnel they were building with a ''Wooden Gymnastics Horse'' built from Red Cross crates. The trick involved marking the ground to measure their jumps (actually to mark where their tunnel was), and hiding men, supplies, and dirt inside the hollow horse to let them dig while the other prisoners 'played'. Ultimately it was a huge success, allowing Lieutenant Michael Codner, Flight Lieutenant Eric Williams, and Flight Lieutenant Oliver Philpot to all three escape.
** All that healthy exercise couldn't have hurt either.

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* The first successful escape from [[http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stalag_Luft_III Stalag Luft III]] involved the prisoners hiding the tunnel they were building with a ''Wooden Gymnastics Horse'' built from Red Cross crates. The trick involved marking the ground to measure their jumps (actually to mark where their tunnel was), and hiding men, supplies, and dirt inside the hollow horse to let them dig while the other prisoners 'played'. "played". Ultimately it was a huge success, allowing Lieutenant Michael Codner, Flight Lieutenant Eric Williams, and Flight Lieutenant Oliver Philpot to all three escape.
**
escape. All that healthy exercise couldn't have hurt either.



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** Something similar happens in the ''Secret Invasion'' maxi-plot in MarvelComics. Invading Skrulls want to neutralize many heroes. Their plan for Iron Man involves stranding him in a jungle and frying all his technology remotely. Too bad they literally left him in an abandoned laboratory complex. [[TooDumbToLive Oops]].

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** Something similar happens in the ''Secret Invasion'' maxi-plot in MarvelComics.Creator/MarvelComics. Invading Skrulls want to neutralize many heroes. Their plan for Iron Man involves stranding him in a jungle and frying all his technology remotely. Too bad they literally left him in an abandoned laboratory complex. [[TooDumbToLive Oops]].
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