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21st Apr '16 5:14:28 AM erforce
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* Jenny Mills on ''Series/SleepyHollow'' is first seen doing chin-ups in a mental institution, very much like Sarah Connor in ''Film/{{Terminator 2}}''. ([[ShoutOut Also like Sarah Connor, she was institutionalized because nobody believed her when she told the truth about what happened to her, and escaped shortly thereafter...]])

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* Jenny Mills on ''Series/SleepyHollow'' is first seen doing chin-ups in a mental institution, very much like Sarah Connor in ''Film/{{Terminator 2}}''.''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay''. ([[ShoutOut Also like Sarah Connor, she was institutionalized because nobody believed her when she told the truth about what happened to her, and escaped shortly thereafter...]])
19th Apr '16 12:21:03 PM Morgenthaler
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* Sarah Connor in ''Terminator2JudgmentDay''. She was in an asylum, not a prison, but it ended up the same. She may have done the bulking-up before she was arrested, and only had to maintain her muscle mass while incarcerated rather than build it. {{Lampshaded}} by Dr. Silverman, who tells the orderly to bolt her bed to the floor so she couldn't over turn it and use it as a pull-up bar: as she is one of the more violent patients, the last thing he wants is for her to get any stronger.
* ''CapeFear'' has Robert De Niro's character spend his time working out to get revenge.

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* Sarah Connor in ''Terminator2JudgmentDay''.''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay''. She was in an asylum, not a prison, but it ended up the same. She may have done the bulking-up before she was arrested, and only had to maintain her muscle mass while incarcerated rather than build it. {{Lampshaded}} by Dr. Silverman, who tells the orderly to bolt her bed to the floor so she couldn't over turn it and use it as a pull-up bar: as she is one of the more violent patients, the last thing he wants is for her to get any stronger.
* ''CapeFear'' ''Film/CapeFear'' has Robert De Niro's character spend his time working out to get revenge.
26th Mar '16 11:35:00 PM CaptEquinox
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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.
26th Mar '16 11:18:44 AM rjung
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* Discussed in ''Series/AngieTribeca''. Geils convinces a disgruntled ex-gym teacher to surrender by noting that he can teach gym in prison.
-->"Every great gym teacher has spent time in prison."
24th Mar '16 2:18:33 AM erforce
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* Oh Dae-su in ''Film/{{Oldboy}}'' keeps himself in shape and grows some impressive extra skin on his knuckles by ''boxing against the wall''. It pays off.

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* Oh Dae-su in ''Film/{{Oldboy}}'' ''Film/{{Oldboy 2003}}'' keeps himself in shape and grows some impressive extra skin on his knuckles by ''boxing against the wall''. It pays off.



* There's a very funny, albeit dark, scene in the movie RomeoMustDie where Jet-Li's character Romeo gets out of prison to reunite with his criminal buddy. Said friend tests his skill with an impromptu fight and after Romeo easily matches him, said friend makes the comment, "I was worried prison had made you soft". Romeo give him a look that screams, "Are you fucking kidding me?!" and then calmly states that, "You don't get soft in prison".

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* There's a very funny, albeit dark, scene in the movie RomeoMustDie ''Film/RomeoMustDie'' where Jet-Li's Jet Li's character Romeo gets out of prison to reunite with his criminal buddy. Said friend tests his skill with an impromptu fight and after Romeo easily matches him, said friend makes the comment, "I was worried prison had made you soft". Romeo give him a look that screams, "Are you fucking kidding me?!" and then calmly states that, "You don't get soft in prison".
10th Mar '16 12:22:02 PM Morgenthaler
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* The main character in ''{{Pointman}}'' did this in the pilot.

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* The main character in ''{{Pointman}}'' ''Series/{{Pointman}}'' did this in the pilot.



* ''{{Wiseguy}}''. An opening montage (set to the reading of a letter) shows a youth being sent to prison on a trumped-up charge, where it's implied that he's raped. The letter ends with him saying that he's got to "pull himself up". When he's released several years later he's visibly bulked up, but a Mexican gangster points out that it's brains, not muscle, that's needed in the outside world. He responds by twisting the gangster's head so it's on backwards.

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* ''{{Wiseguy}}''.''Series/{{Wiseguy}}''. An opening montage (set to the reading of a letter) shows a youth being sent to prison on a trumped-up charge, where it's implied that he's raped. The letter ends with him saying that he's got to "pull himself up". When he's released several years later he's visibly bulked up, but a Mexican gangster points out that it's brains, not muscle, that's needed in the outside world. He responds by twisting the gangster's head so it's on backwards.



* Parodied on an episode of ''JustShootMe''. One of Maya's old boyfriends comes out of prison looking buff, which he explains was to [[PrisonRape fend off advances from the other prisoners]]. When she asks if it worked, he replies, "Oh, you win some [[BlackComedyRape you lose some]]."

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* Parodied on an episode of ''JustShootMe''.''Series/JustShootMe''. One of Maya's old boyfriends comes out of prison looking buff, which he explains was to [[PrisonRape fend off advances from the other prisoners]]. When she asks if it worked, he replies, "Oh, you win some [[BlackComedyRape you lose some]]."



* In ''VideoGame/TheSims 3'', if a Sim is in the Criminal career track, they can be briefly sent to prison, and you get a set of options as to how they should spend their time. Working out is one of them.

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* In ''VideoGame/TheSims 3'', ''VideoGame/TheSims3'', if a Sim is in the Criminal career track, they can be briefly sent to prison, and you get a set of options as to how they should spend their time. Working out is one of them.



* In the ''FightNightChampion'' story mode the boxer you control puts on 50 pounds of muscle during his prision stint.

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* In the ''FightNightChampion'' ''VideoGame/FightNightChampion'' story mode the boxer you control puts on 50 pounds of muscle during his prision stint.



* In ''AntiHeroForHire'', Baron Diamond elects to forego the weight training and instead improves his running speed by taking up [[http://www.antiheroforhire.com/d/20050119.html jogging]].

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* In ''AntiHeroForHire'', ''Webcomic/AntiHeroForHire'', Baron Diamond elects to forego the weight training and instead improves his running speed by taking up [[http://www.antiheroforhire.com/d/20050119.html jogging]].
23rd Jan '16 3:57:51 PM jormis29
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* ''Film/{{Zoolander 2}}'': Parodied. Mugatu appears to have turned into a muscle-bound, tattooed hulk during his time in prison, but it's just a bodysuit.

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* ''Film/{{Zoolander 2}}'': Parodied. Mugatu appears to have turned into a muscle-bound, tattooed hulk during his time in prison, but [[FakeMuscles it's just a bodysuit.
bodysuit]].
23rd Jan '16 3:01:30 PM Discar
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23rd Jan '16 3:00:59 PM Discar
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* ''Film/{{Zoolander 2}}'': Parodied. Mugatu appears to have turned into a muscle-bound, tattooed hulk during his time in prison, but it's just a bodysuit.
22nd Jan '16 5:10:56 AM beergood
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* Played with in ''Series/{{Angel}}''. Faith was already super strong due to her slayer powers when she was sent to prison, but while in prison she's shown working out to stay that way.

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* Played with in ''Series/{{Angel}}''. Faith was already super strong due to her slayer powers when she was sent to prison, but while in prison she's shown working out to stay that way. It also provides her with a handy ImprovisedWeapon, as well as a reminder to casual viewers of what she can do, when she gets attacked and casually knocks her attacker out with a set of barbells most people would struggle to even move.
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