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14th Aug '16 4:36:38 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''AGreyWorld'' Although she doesn't manage to escape Alexis frees herself from her bounds as well as fashioning a crude but deadly knife and spear from some light-fittings, her bounds and the chair she was tied to.
* ''TechInfantry'' has Xinjao O'Reilly and his engineering crew captured and locked in a storage room for tools and spare parts when their space station is seized by rebels. They waste no time in grabbing tools, using them to open access panels, and escape into the maintenance spaces inside the bulkheads. Lampshaded when Xinjao incredulously remarks on how stupid it is to lock up a bunch of starship engineers in the tool closet on their own space station.
* [[http://imago.hitherby.com/?p=227 This]] ''HitherbyDragons'' story has minions discussing where to lock [=MacGyver=], before having to, reluctantly, lock him in a bare room.

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* ''AGreyWorld'' ''Literature/AGreyWorld'' Although she doesn't manage to escape Alexis frees herself from her bounds as well as fashioning a crude but deadly knife and spear from some light-fittings, her bounds and the chair she was tied to.
* ''TechInfantry'' ''TabletopGame/TechInfantry'' has Xinjao O'Reilly and his engineering crew captured and locked in a storage room for tools and spare parts when their space station is seized by rebels. They waste no time in grabbing tools, using them to open access panels, and escape into the maintenance spaces inside the bulkheads. Lampshaded when Xinjao incredulously remarks on how stupid it is to lock up a bunch of starship engineers in the tool closet on their own space station.
* [[http://imago.hitherby.com/?p=227 This]] ''HitherbyDragons'' ''Literature/HitherbyDragons'' story has minions discussing where to lock [=MacGyver=], before having to, reluctantly, lock him in a bare room.
12th Aug '16 2:36:49 PM TonyG
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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', a TV anchorman tires of the Warners' antics and locks them inside the control room. When Dot asks why he would do that, Yakko responds "I don't know. Maybe he wants us to direct." Sure enough, they start messing around with the video controls and screwing up the broadcast until the anchorman is driven mad.
10th Aug '16 2:30:09 PM margdean56
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** Another example, from ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'', has a specific ShoutOut to ''Series/MacGyver'' and/or ''Series/TheATeam'' - "some villains are obliging enough to lock you in a warehouse with enough equipment to build a fully functional armoured car".

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** Another example, from ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'', has a specific ShoutOut to ''Series/MacGyver'' and/or ''Series/TheATeam'' - -- "some villains are obliging enough to lock you in a warehouse with enough equipment to build a fully functional armoured car".



* Creator/StephenKing's fantasy novel ''Literature/TheEyesOfTheDragon'' has an extremely long sequence of this as its main plot, with the only item used for escape being [[spoiler:napkin threads, woven into a rope over three years to climb down a tower. Slightly subverted in that the escape plan has a flaw the budding [=MacGyver=] doesn't know about - a long rope made of napkin threads has to be able to hold its ''own'' weight as well.]]

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* Creator/StephenKing's fantasy novel ''Literature/TheEyesOfTheDragon'' has an extremely long sequence of this as its main plot, with the only item used for escape being [[spoiler:napkin threads, woven into a rope over three years to climb down a tower. Slightly subverted in that the escape plan has a flaw the budding [=MacGyver=] doesn't know about - -- a long rope made of napkin threads has to be able to hold its ''own'' weight as well.]]



* Subverted for laughs in ''Literature/{{The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn}}'' where Jim is shackled to a bedpost and could escape simply by lifting the bed of the ground, but Tom Sawyer knows that this is not how it is done in prisoner novels, so instead has Jim saw his way through the bedpost. Of course, Tom also knows (but Jim and Huck do not) that [[spoiler: Jim's owner has set him free in her will; he will soon be able to leave at any time]].

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* Subverted for laughs in ''Literature/{{The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn}}'' where Jim is shackled to a bedpost and could escape simply by lifting the bed of off the ground, but Tom Sawyer knows that this is not how it is done in prisoner novels, so instead has Jim saw his way through the bedpost. Of course, Tom also knows (but Jim and Huck do not) that [[spoiler: Jim's owner has set him free in her will; he will soon be able to leave at any time]].
4th Aug '16 9:09:57 PM PaulA
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The episode was inspired by a marginally harder-science story of the same name by FredricBrown (who got an on-screen writing credit), in which the trick is to get through a force field that allows nothing conscious to pass. The alien builds a passable catapult while the human comes up with some flaming missiles, then knocks himself out to fall through the barrier (which up until this point he thought only allowed non''living'' things to pass) and stabs the alien to death with a stone knife.

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The episode was inspired by a marginally harder-science story of the same name by FredricBrown Creator/FredricBrown (who got an on-screen writing credit), in which the trick is to get through a force field that allows nothing conscious to pass. The alien builds a passable catapult while the human comes up with some flaming missiles, then knocks himself out to fall through the barrier (which up until this point he thought only allowed non''living'' things to pass) and stabs the alien to death with a stone knife.
3rd Aug '16 4:10:59 PM Sharlee
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* In ''[[VideoGame/NancyDrew Ghost Dogs of Moon Lake]]'', Nancy Drew gets knocked out, tied up, and dumped in a shed that's then set on fire. The shed just happens to contain an assortment of junk that she can use to get free, merely by ''kicking'' the right objects.
29th Jul '16 10:51:16 AM HighCrate
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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 [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy 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 [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy Vetinari]].Vetinari.
24th Jul '16 12:19:19 PM sstewart
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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 [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy Vetinari]].
16th Jul '16 7:56:43 AM Generality
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** Subverted when they tried to stage a jailbreak using electricity, salsa, and dental floss to cut through the bars of a cell window. While Jamie did make some progress, he only did so by using a radio as an additional component, which he insisted the prison warden had given him for good behavior.
** But the electricity from the radio only sped up the reaction; it did not ''cause'' it. Testing the myth the way it supposedly happened would've taken years. The radio was just there to show proof of concept.

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** Subverted when they tried to stage a jailbreak using electricity, salsa, and dental floss to cut through the bars of a cell window. While Jamie did make some progress, he only did so by using a radio as an additional component, which he insisted the prison warden had given him for good behavior.
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behavior. But the electricity from the radio only sped up the reaction; it did not ''cause'' it. Testing the myth the way it supposedly happened would've taken years. The radio was just there to show proof of concept.concept.
** 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.
28th Jun '16 6:16:07 PM Adept
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** Averted in ''QuestForGlory2'', though. The hero is captured and thrown in jail after being stripped of all his equipment, but all three classes have a way out. The fighter can just break the door down (he's strong enough for that), the wizard can use the ubiquitous Open spell (they can't strip his magic), and the thief can pick the lock with the magical pin of Katta friendship, that those who are not Katta or friends of Katta cannot see. [[spoiler: Ultimately turns into a subversion, when the villain actually ''wanted'' you to escape.]]

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** Averted in ''QuestForGlory2'', ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryII'', though. The hero is captured and thrown in jail after being stripped of all his equipment, but all three classes have a way out. The fighter can just break the door down (he's strong enough for that), the wizard can use the ubiquitous Open spell (they can't strip his magic), and the thief can pick the lock with the magical pin of Katta friendship, that those who are not Katta or friends of Katta cannot see. [[spoiler: Ultimately turns into a subversion, when the villain actually ''wanted'' you to escape.]]
8th Jun '16 3:30:29 PM Nightmask
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* 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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