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5th Feb '16 9:00:06 AM rjd1922
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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. At least [[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 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. At least 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.
29th Dec '15 6:22:37 AM Anddrix
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* In Creator/MarkWaid's ''Comicbook/FantasticFour: Unthinkable, Part 3 '' , SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom 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: Unthinkable, Part 3 '' , SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom 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]].
25th Dec '15 6:13:43 PM nombretomado
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* Subverted in the famous SilverAge [[WhatIf "Imaginary"]] ''Comicbook/{{Superman}}'' story, "The Death of Superman" where Lex Luthor claims he has created a cure for cancer in prison and offers to develop it if he has access to a lab. The warden is not buying this and accuses Luthor of getting into a room where he can build yet another tool set to escape. When Superman convinces the warden to let Luthor do his thing, Lex actually does cure cancer. Of course it's all a scheme to make Superman trust him so he can [[spoiler: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin kill him.]]]] ** In the SilverAge, 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 than reads classic literature to him... [[spoiler: that can speak at a high enough frequecy 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. * Franchise/{{Batman}} is a master of this kind of escape. One SilverAge example involves him escaping from a mill that is rigged to explode using millstones, sacks of rice and a fire hose.
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* Subverted in the famous SilverAge [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] [[WhatIf "Imaginary"]] ''Comicbook/{{Superman}}'' story, "The Death of Superman" where Lex Luthor claims he has created a cure for cancer in prison and offers to develop it if he has access to a lab. The warden is not buying this and accuses Luthor of getting into a room where he can build yet another tool set to escape. When Superman convinces the warden to let Luthor do his thing, Lex actually does cure cancer. Of course it's all a scheme to make Superman trust him so he can [[spoiler: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin kill him.]]]] ** In the SilverAge, 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 than reads classic literature to him... [[spoiler: that can speak at a high enough frequecy 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. * Franchise/{{Batman}} is a master of this kind of escape. One SilverAge [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] example involves him escaping from a mill that is rigged to explode using millstones, sacks of rice and a fire hose.
18th Dec '15 1:05:56 PM R1ck
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This entry was inspired by the ''Series/MacGyver'' episode "Road Not Taken", where [=MacGyver=] and his GirlOfTheWeek (actually one of his many ex-girlfriends) were locked in a building somewhere in SE Asia. This room included: * Rope * Fertilizer * Two wooden boards * Bags to hide behind * Wire * Bamboo shelving
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This entry was inspired by the ''Series/MacGyver'' episode "Road Not Taken", where [=MacGyver=] and his GirlOfTheWeek (actually one of his many ex-girlfriends) were locked in a building somewhere in SE Asia. This Asia and the room included: * Rope * Fertilizer * Two wooden boards * Bags contained everything they could possible ask for to hide behind * Wire * Bamboo shelving make an escape and beat the bad guys.
18th Dec '15 1:04:22 PM R1ck
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* In ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' after Ultron puts Black Widow in a cell in his underground base, she manages to make a simple transmitter to communicate in Morse code, which allows Hawkeye to find her.
18th Dec '15 4:17:36 AM VVK
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* This has happened who knows how many times in ComicBook/DisneyMouseAndDuckComics. It's usually Mickey or Hewey, Dewey and Louie who figure out the way to escape. Often it's just the old "grind the rope against something" thing, but some examples from Mickey also include "using the giant stag beetle robot [[DeathTrap set to kill you]] to cut you loose" and "combining salpetre from cave walls with ground-up oxygen pills to make an explosive".
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* This has happened who knows how many times in ComicBook/DisneyMouseAndDuckComics. It's usually Mickey or Hewey, Dewey and Louie who figure out the way to escape. Often it's just the old "grind the rope against something" thing, but some there are also more imaginative examples from Mickey also include "using the giant stag beetle robot [[DeathTrap set to kill you]] to cut you loose" and such as Mickey's "combining salpetre from cave walls with ground-up oxygen pills to make an explosive".
18th Dec '15 4:16:05 AM VVK
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* This has happened who knows how many times in ComicBook/DisneyMouseAndDuckComics. It's usually Mickey or Hewey, Dewey and Louie who figure out the way to escape. Often it's just the old "grind the rope against something" thing, but some examples from Mickey also include "using the giant stag beetle robot [[DeathTrap set to kill you]] to cut you loose" and "combining salpetre from cave walls with ground-up oxygen pills to make an explosive".
16th Nov '15 6:25:23 AM erforce
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* In ''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 ''GundamSEEDAstray'', ''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.

* Subverted in the famous SilverAge [[WhatIf "Imaginary"]] ''{{Superman}}'' story, "The Death of Superman" where Lex Luthor claims he has created a cure for cancer in prison and offers to develop it if he has access to a lab. The warden is not buying this and accuses Luthor of getting into a room where he can build yet another tool set to escape. When Superman convinces the warden to let Luthor do his thing, Lex actually does cure cancer. Of course it's all a scheme to make Superman trust him so he can [[spoiler: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin kill him.]]]]
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* Subverted in the famous SilverAge [[WhatIf "Imaginary"]] ''{{Superman}}'' ''Comicbook/{{Superman}}'' story, "The Death of Superman" where Lex Luthor claims he has created a cure for cancer in prison and offers to develop it if he has access to a lab. The warden is not buying this and accuses Luthor of getting into a room where he can build yet another tool set to escape. When Superman convinces the warden to let Luthor do his thing, Lex actually does cure cancer. Of course it's all a scheme to make Superman trust him so he can [[spoiler: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin kill him.]]]]

* ''Hollow Man'' is parodied in ''ScaryMovie 2''. Two main characters find themselves locked in a freezer while running from an angry spirit. After a "[[ADateWithRosiePalms heartwarming]]" monologue, the heroine takes a couple of screws, cups, strings, and other extraneous items and somehow manages to create an entire bulldozer, destroying the wall and allowing them to escape.
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* ''Hollow Man'' is parodied in ''ScaryMovie 2''.''Film/ScaryMovie2''. Two main characters find themselves locked in a freezer while running from an angry spirit. After a "[[ADateWithRosiePalms heartwarming]]" monologue, the heroine takes a couple of screws, cups, strings, and other extraneous items and somehow manages to create an entire bulldozer, destroying the wall and allowing them to escape.
16th Nov '15 6:14:55 AM DeisTheAlcano
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->''"How stupid is the Fire Nation? They surrounded earth-benders...with rocks. That's...like locking ComicStrip/{{Popeye}} in a cage of spinach!"'' -->-- '''WebVideo/JesuOtaku, reviewing Film/TheLastAirbender.'''
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->''"How stupid is the Fire Nation? They surrounded earth-benders...earthbenders... with rocks. That's... like locking ComicStrip/{{Popeye}} in a cage of spinach!"'' -->-- '''WebVideo/JesuOtaku, '''WebVideo/JesuOtaku''', reviewing Film/TheLastAirbender.''' ''Film/TheLastAirbender''
11th Nov '15 7:46:33 AM HighCrate
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* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', the bad guys are pretty GenreSavvy for this trope. But it's often difficult to lock up a Bender ''without'' them having access to [[ElementalPowers the objects they need to escape]]. ** The Fire Nation locked Waterbenders in cells where they dried the air and chained them up when feeding them. Their only mistake was to not cut them off from the source of their strength: the moon. Thanks to the full moon's power, one of the benders managed to escape by [[spoiler:inventing Bloodbending, letting her control the water in the ''[[PeoplePuppets guards]]'']]. ** They also tried imprisoning Earthbenders on a rig out in the middle of the ocean, made of pure metal. Unfortunately for them, they overlooked the fact that the rig was powered by coal. *** Though to be fair, they did an extremely good job breaking the spirits of all of those imprisoned; even after the Gaang provided a mountain of coal for them to fight with, the only one that seized the opportunity at first was Haru, who had only been imprisoned for a couple of days…and even he hesitated. ** Toph was locked once in a metal cage with no handy coal, or any manner of earth. The one who captured her made the mistake of telling her that she couldn't bend metal. This inspired her to [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMoments invent metalbending]].
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* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', the bad guys are pretty GenreSavvy for do the best they can to avert this trope. But it's often difficult to lock up a Bender ''without'' without them having giving them ''any'' access to [[ElementalPowers the objects they need to escape]]. ** The Fire Nation locked locks Waterbenders in cells where they dried dry the air and chained chain them up when feeding them. Their only mistake was is to not cut them off from the source of their strength: the moon. Thanks to the full moon's power, one of the benders managed manages to escape by [[spoiler:inventing Bloodbending, letting her control the water in the ''[[PeoplePuppets guards]]'']]. ** They also tried imprisoning imprison Earthbenders on a rig out in the middle of the ocean, made of pure metal. metal (thought to be unbendable at the time). Unfortunately for them, they overlooked the fact that the rig was is powered by coal. *** Though to be fair, they did an extremely good job breaking coal, which the spirits of all of those imprisoned; even after the Gaang provided a mountain of coal for them to fight with, the only one that seized the opportunity at first was Haru, who had only been imprisoned for a couple of days…and even he hesitated. Earthbenders ''can'' bend. ** Toph was is locked once in a metal cage with no handy coal, coal or earth of any manner of earth. kind. The one who captured her made make the mistake of telling taunting her that even she couldn't can't bend metal. This inspired inspires her to [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMoments invent metalbending]].metalbending]], moving the impurities within the metal with such force that it moves the metal as well.

** The prison in "The Boiling Rock" was obviously intended for Firebending prisoners -- it had several rows of refrigerated "coolers" used as punishment for Firebending. Once it was dismantled, the cooler's insulation made it an ideal boat to cross the lake that surrounded the prison, which was heated to boiling temperatures by the volcano beneath it.
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** The prison in "The Boiling Rock" was is obviously intended for Firebending prisoners -- it had has several rows of refrigerated "coolers" used as punishment for Firebending. Once it was dismantled, the cooler's insulation made makes it an ideal boat to cross the lake that surrounded surrounds the prison, which was is heated to boiling temperatures by the volcano beneath it.
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