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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.
30th May '16 5:51:15 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In one of the TomSwift books, some villain kidnaps Tom and his father and locks them in a building in the middle of nowhere, with the lab equipment necessary to make some product which the villain want to coerce them to make. They instead fabricate a whole lot of lighter-than-air foam, with which they fill the building and then unbolt it from its foundations.

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* In one of the TomSwift Literature/TomSwift books, some villain kidnaps Tom and his father and locks them in a building in the middle of nowhere, with the lab equipment necessary to make some product which the villain want to coerce them to make. They instead fabricate a whole lot of lighter-than-air foam, with which they fill the building and then unbolt it from its foundations.
23rd May '16 1:33:41 PM Allronix
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** 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; lik3e underwear elastic and newspaper.

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** 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; lik3e like underwear elastic and newspaper.
23rd May '16 1:27:49 PM Allronix
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* ''[[VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh Tron 2.0]]:'' F-Con probably would have succeeded if they hadn't been fool enough to lock ''Alan Bradley'' in a closet full of computer parts.

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* ''[[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.



** Adam and Jamie of ''Series/MythBusters'' called this one plausible.

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** 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; lik3e underwear elastic and newspaper.
18th Apr '16 8:05:38 PM MitchellTF
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** [[spoiler: It doesn't work.]]
1st Apr '16 3:34:36 PM Snarf
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* In ''Film/TheEqualizier'' [=McCall=] inverts the trope and takes it UpToEleven by [[spoiler: ''locking the bad guys in with him'' in a huge hardware store, and proceeding to use anything and everything he gets his hands on to tear apart TheMafiya.]]

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* In ''Film/TheEqualizier'' ''Film/TheEqualizer'' [=McCall=] inverts the trope and takes it UpToEleven by [[spoiler: taking down [[TheMafiya Pushkin's entire operation]] this way, including ''locking the bad guys in with him'' in a huge hardware store, and proceeding to use anything and everything he gets his hands on to tear apart TheMafiya.them apart.]]
1st Apr '16 3:31:34 PM Snarf
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* In ''Film/TheEqualizier'' [=McCall=] inverts the trope and takes it UpToEleven by [[spoiler: ''locking the bad guys in with him'' in a huge hardware store, and proceeding to use anything and everything he gets his hands on to tear apart TheMafiya.]]
4th Mar '16 3:23:45 PM margdean56
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* In ''[[Creator/GeorgetteHeyer The Foundling]]'', the hero escapes from the cellar he's confined in using the various rubbish stored there to light a fire and burn through the wooden door. The fact that the villains didn't go through his pockets means that he still has the handy-dandy (primitive -- this is 1818) cigar lighter [[ChekhovsGun he was seen using a few chapters previously]].



* OlderThanFeudalism with Myth/GreekMythology: In the legend of Theseus and the Minotaur, Daedelus and Icarus escape from their Creatan prison by the use of hot wax and birds' feathers. [[ForegoneConclusion Of course]], [[ItWasHisSled we all know]] [[IcarusAllusion how this one ended]].

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* OlderThanFeudalism with Myth/GreekMythology: In the legend of Theseus and the Minotaur, Daedelus and Icarus escape from their Creatan Cretan prison by the use of hot wax and birds' feathers. [[ForegoneConclusion Of course]], [[ItWasHisSled we all know]] [[IcarusAllusion how this one ended]].
4th Mar '16 3:14:10 PM margdean56
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** Similar happens in the ''Secret Invasion'' maxi-plot in MarvelComics. Invading Skrulls want to neutralize many heroes. The part 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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** Similar Something similar happens in the ''Secret Invasion'' maxi-plot in MarvelComics. Invading Skrulls want to neutralize many heroes. The part 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]].



* Subverted in the famous [[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 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.

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* Subverted in the famous [[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 wanting to get 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 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 that reads classic literature to him... [[spoiler: that can speak at a high enough frequecy 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.



* ''ComicBook/TheCreeper'': It's also not too good of an idea to lock a scientist in a room with all his medical equipment and the very scientific invention you are trying to steal, one of them being a serum that gives super-strength. And if you really must do that, don't lock any suspicious lemon yellow men in there WITH him.

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* ''ComicBook/TheCreeper'': It's also not too good of an idea to lock a scientist in a room with all his medical equipment and the very scientific invention inventions you are trying to steal, one of them being a serum that gives super-strength. And if you really must do that, don't lock any suspicious lemon yellow men in there WITH him.
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