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3rd Oct '17 12:58:22 PM x_countryguy
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* Iroh of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' worked out when in prison to great effect in preparation for an escape attempt. The contrast between his figure in seasons one and three helped lead to his MemeticBadass status. By the time [[spoiler: Zuko]] came to rescue him, he had already escaped single-handed, leaving a wrecked cell and a heap of trounced guards gibbering about he was "like a OneManArmy".

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* Iroh of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' worked out when in prison to great effect in preparation for an escape attempt. The contrast between his figure in seasons one and three helped lead to his MemeticBadass status. By the time [[spoiler: Zuko]] [[spoiler:Zuko]] came to rescue him, he had already escaped single-handed, single-handedly, leaving a wrecked cell and a heap of trounced guards gibbering about he was "like a OneManArmy".
12th Aug '17 6:17:25 AM foxley
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* ''Series/FatherBrown'': When [[spoiler:Sid Carter]] gets out of prison in "The Sins of Others", Mrs [=McCarthy=] remarks that she expected him to be a bag of bones, but instead he is in very good physical shape. He replies that there was nothing else to occupy his time inside, so he did a lot of push-ups.
2nd Aug '17 3:24:54 AM trentongm
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* Honestly, this trope could be the page-image for TruthInTelevision, between the need for stress-relief and constant threat of violence, it's no wonder that exercise plays a central role in many (if not most) prisoner's lives.

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* Honestly, this trope could be the page-image for TruthInTelevision, between the need for stress-relief and constant threat of violence, it's no wonder that exercise plays a central role in many (if not most) prisoner's lives.
2nd Aug '17 3:23:27 AM trentongm
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* Honestly, this trope could be the page-image for TruthInTelevision, between the need for stress-relief and constant threat of violence, it's no wonder that exercise plays a central role in many (if not most) prisoner's lives.
10th Jun '17 3:05:04 PM nombretomado
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* In A. Merritt's ''The Ship Of Ishtar'', AdventurerArchaeologist John Kenton was already pretty tough when he was pulled into the alternative universe where the Ship is -- the nasty tricks he learned as a WorldWarOne veteran serve him well in hand-to-hand combat. So when he's MadeASlave and set to rowing in the SlaveGalley, it's good exercise, and the food is okay, so he TookALevelInBadass and ends up even stronger -- although he's so busy with his escape plan he doesn't really notice until he's magicked back to his own room for a bit and sees himself in a mirror.

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* In A. Merritt's ''The Ship Of Ishtar'', AdventurerArchaeologist John Kenton was already pretty tough when he was pulled into the alternative universe where the Ship is -- the nasty tricks he learned as a WorldWarOne UsefulNotes/WorldWarI veteran serve him well in hand-to-hand combat. So when he's MadeASlave and set to rowing in the SlaveGalley, it's good exercise, and the food is okay, so he TookALevelInBadass and ends up even stronger -- although he's so busy with his escape plan he doesn't really notice until he's magicked back to his own room for a bit and sees himself in a mirror.
3rd Jun '17 4:28:37 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* The whole plot of ''Manga/{{Oldboy}}'' is based on this.

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* The whole plot of ''Manga/{{Oldboy}}'' is based on this.features a main character who manages to work out in the hotel room he's imprisoned in.



* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'': Dexter in season 2 contemplated turning himself in as The Bay Harbour Butcher, however, at the end he gladly embraces his freedom. These are lines of his inner monologue: "This is '''so''' ''much better'' than a prison cell. I can squeeze fresh orange juice, savor a fine French roast, grab a morning workout... ok, working out I could have done in prison."

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* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'': Dexter in season 2 contemplated turning himself in as The Bay Harbour Butcher, however, at the end he gladly embraces his freedom. These are lines of his inner monologue: "This is '''so''' ''much better'' ''so'' much better than a prison cell. I can squeeze fresh orange juice, savor a fine French roast, grab a morning workout... ok, working out I could have done in prison."



--> ''So they send you packing… to the federal pen. For the rest of your natural life. No computer, no gear, nothing. Total drag. Cement and bars, and the other guys inside aren't exactly your average beefcakes. They catch a glance at your cyber-jockey derrière and get a wet gleam in their eye. So what you do for the next twelve months is hit the weight room--hard and fast! You pump iron like your life depended on it--and it does. You learn to sleep with one eye open. Punching the heavy bag becomes your breakfast; tae-kwon-do your lunch, and for dinner… well, you gotta eat sometime. And practice? Plenty. 'Cause these boys got a gleam in their eyes that won't go away. But how you've changed! Over once scarecrow arms, muscles wrap tight and heavy, and you've got a fu-kick that makes the boys call you "Sir". Before you were just an average pencil-necked geek, now you could grace the front of Muscle and Guns Magazine. And just in time, too.''

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--> ''So they send you packing… packing… to the federal pen. For the rest of your natural life. No computer, no gear, nothing. Total drag. Cement and bars, and the other guys inside aren't exactly your average beefcakes. They catch a glance at your cyber-jockey derrière and get a wet gleam in their eye. So what you do for the next twelve months is hit the weight room--hard and fast! You pump iron like your life depended on it--and it does. You learn to sleep with one eye open. Punching the heavy bag becomes your breakfast; tae-kwon-do your lunch, and for dinner… well, you gotta eat sometime. And practice? Plenty. 'Cause these boys got a gleam in their eyes that won't go away. But how you've changed! Over once scarecrow arms, muscles wrap tight and heavy, and you've got a fu-kick that makes the boys call you "Sir". Before you were just an average pencil-necked geek, now you could grace the front of Muscle and Guns Magazine. And just in time, too.''



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', the Monarch is particularly proud of his "prison-sculpted abs". He was only in prison for a few months but managed to get some impressive definition on his otherwise incredibly gaunt frame.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', the Monarch is particularly proud of his "prison-sculpted abs". abs." He was only in prison for a few months but managed to get some impressive definition on his otherwise incredibly gaunt frame.
3rd Jun '17 4:25:07 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* Marge bulks up to the point of being able to pin Homer while doing 30 days for shoplifting in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Marge in Chains".
** Also, one of her friends, Ruth Powers (who had stolen her ex-husband's car a few seasons back) evidently spent time bulking up while in prison, and encouraged Marge to do the same (and to use [[PsychoSerum steroids]] to do so).

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
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Marge bulks up to the point of being able to pin Homer while doing 30 days for shoplifting in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' the episode "Marge in Chains".
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** Also, one of her friends, Ruth Powers (who had stolen her ex-husband's car a few seasons back) evidently spent time bulking up while in prison, and encouraged Marge to do the same (and to use [[PsychoSerum steroids]] to do so).



** Sideshow Bob does this one episode, in a ShoutOut to Film/CapeFear.

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** Sideshow Bob does this one episode, in a ShoutOut to Film/CapeFear.''Film/CapeFear''.



* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' where it is explicitly said that being imprisoned in Tartarus weakened Tirek to the point that it took from his escape in "It's About Time" to "Twilight's Kingdom Part 1" (a grand total of 43 episodes in-between) for him to regain enough strength to start stealing magic again.
3rd Jun '17 4:23:51 PM CaptainCrawdad
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** Though his TrainingMontage shows that he had to take extreme effort to keep the guards from realizing what he was doing: [[ObfuscatingInsanity playing the part of a crazy]], broken old man, only training when they weren't looking, stuffing his clothing so he still looked fat and sweet-talking a female guard to get him extra rations to build up that muscle mass (and also cluing her in to not to come to work during his escape day). The food he was getting actually looked pretty tasty and nutritious as well, possibly because he ''is'' a prince and was being kept in the royal city's very own prison. On top of that he was a military general, so he already had the muscles there and was rebuilding them after years of neglect.
26th Apr '17 11:56:35 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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** Though his TrainingMontage shows that he had to take extreme effort to keep the guards from realizing what he was doing: playing the part of a crazy, broken old man, only training when they weren't looking, stuffing his clothing so hi still looked fat and sweet-talking a female guard to get him extra rations to build up that muscle mass (and also cluing her in to not to come to work during his escape day). The food he was getting actually looked pretty tasty and nutritious as well, possibly because he ''is'' a prince and was being kept in the royal city's very own prison. On top of that he was a military general, so he already had the muscles there and was rebuilding them after years of neglect.

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** Though his TrainingMontage shows that he had to take extreme effort to keep the guards from realizing what he was doing: [[ObfuscatingInsanity playing the part of a crazy, crazy]], broken old man, only training when they weren't looking, stuffing his clothing so hi he still looked fat and sweet-talking a female guard to get him extra rations to build up that muscle mass (and also cluing her in to not to come to work during his escape day). The food he was getting actually looked pretty tasty and nutritious as well, possibly because he ''is'' a prince and was being kept in the royal city's very own prison. On top of that he was a military general, so he already had the muscles there and was rebuilding them after years of neglect.
25th Apr '17 6:07:09 PM StarSword
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* In ''Literature/TheSiranthaJaxSeries'', Sirantha is imprisoned while undergoing CourtMartial for [[spoiler:bringing down the beacon network used for FasterThanLightTravel, sending the invading Morgut and friendly forces alike irretrievably into the depths of grimspace]]. She passes the time working out, and by the time she's finally acquitted she's in better shape than she's been in for years.



* {{Downplayed}} in ''Series/BurnNotice''. The season 3 premiere has Michael spend a couple weeks or so in jail (the length of his stay isn't clear), and he's shown doing push-ups and pull-ups. Difference with the normal way the trope is played, Michael is already in very good shape, he's just working on staying that way.

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* {{Downplayed}} in ''Series/BurnNotice''. The season 3 premiere has Michael spend a couple weeks or so in jail (the length of his stay isn't clear), and he's shown doing push-ups and pull-ups. Difference with the normal way the trope is played, Michael is already in very good shape, he's just working on staying that way. He explains it in narration as a way to deal with boredom.
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