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30th Nov '17 9:34:49 AM Medinoc
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* A recent plot development in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' has Agatha posing as a murderer because [[GeniusLoci the prison]] ''itself'' is the latest PlotCoupon.

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* A recent plot development The Mechanicsburg arc in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' has Agatha posing as a murderer because [[GeniusLoci the prison]] ''itself'' is the latest PlotCoupon.
30th Nov '17 9:28:37 AM Medinoc
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Usually takes place in a CardboardPrison or a LuxuryPrisonSuite. If the character was arrested to foil some EvilPlan when getting arrested was their true goal, then it's a form of XanatosGambit. When capital punishment is involved, it's ForgivenessRequiresDeath. When they invoke the aid of another character, it often overlaps with NoMatterHowMuchIBeg or KindRestraints. A character who normally does this may break out when he's the ProtectorBehindBars. Contrast NeverGoingBackToPrison. Compare CapturedOnPurpose, where a character lets themselves be captured as part of a plan and can't necessarily escape easily. See also MightAsWellNotBeInPrisonAtAll, for when a character is barely hindered by such a place.

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Usually takes place in a CardboardPrison or a LuxuryPrisonSuite. If the character was arrested to foil some EvilPlan when getting arrested was their true goal, then it's a form of XanatosGambit. When capital punishment is involved, it's ForgivenessRequiresDeath. When they invoke the aid of another character, it often overlaps with NoMatterHowMuchIBeg or KindRestraints. A character who normally does this may break out when he's the ProtectorBehindBars. Contrast NeverGoingBackToPrison. Compare CapturedOnPurpose, where a character lets themselves be captured as part of a plan and can't necessarily escape easily. See also MightAsWellNotBeInPrisonAtAll, for when a character is barely hindered by such a place.
place. See also PlayAlongPrisoner.
30th Nov '17 8:40:34 AM Jhonny
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** "Paroling" was a common means for prisoners of war to be taken during UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar - even for regular enlisted men. However, after the South refused to grant the same terms to African American soldiers and the North gradually caught wise to the fact that the South could not spare soldiers the same way the North could paroling and exchange[[note]]"Exchanging" often meant simply that soldiers were informed that their word of honor regarding their parole was no longer in force[[/note]] gradually broke down, with the horrors of Camp Andersonville (for which the commander was executed in one of the first war crimes trials) an ultimate consequence of this.
30th Nov '17 8:35:05 AM Jhonny
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* As part of her HeelFaceTurn on ''Series/{{Angel}}'' Faith turns herself in to the police and is sent to prison for a murder she committed back on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. Her breakout when a Slayer is needed 3 seasons later proves she could have escaped any time.

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* As part of her HeelFaceTurn on ''Series/{{Angel}}'' Faith turns herself in to the police and is sent to prison for a murder killing she committed back on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. Her breakout when a Slayer is needed 3 seasons later proves she could have escaped any time.
28th Nov '17 6:37:38 PM Prime32
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** The Justice League is accused of firing their {{BFG}} on a government base, and six of the founding seven (Batman refuses) turn themselves in. As they're going into custody, one MP asks if they should cuff the superheroes. His superior scoffs, saying something to the tune of, "Do you really think that would make a difference?"

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** The Justice League is accused of firing their {{BFG}} KillSat on a government base, and six of the founding seven (Batman refuses) turn themselves in. As they're going into custody, one MP asks if they should cuff the superheroes. His superior scoffs, saying something to the tune of, "Do you really think that would make a difference?"
21st Oct '17 7:01:02 AM thatother1dude
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* Fujin and Raijin in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. They are strong enough to bend the bars of the cell and leave at any time but as long as they have food they are content enough to stay there.
** In the actual manga, [[spoiler:Tobi]] pulls this off after a failed attempt at kidnapping, where he is bound by Yamato's [[GreenThumb Wood style]] and takes the opportunity to gives some exposition before leaving like he could have at any point.

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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** One filler arc featured
Fujin and Raijin in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. They Raijin, twin prisoners who are strong enough to bend the bars of the cell and leave at any time time, but as long as they have food they are content enough to stay there.
there as long as they have food.
** In the actual manga, [[spoiler:Tobi]] pulls this off after Tobi makes a failed attempt at a kidnapping, where he is bound by Yamato's [[GreenThumb Wood style]] style]], and takes the opportunity to gives some exposition before leaving teleporting away like he could have at any point.
16th Sep '17 11:41:35 AM SeptimusHeap
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* Beast in the 90s ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}}'' cartoon was once wrongly sent to prison. Magneto, thinking this would make him bitter, broke him out in an attempt to recruit him as an ally - at which point Beast politely asked him to leave, as he wished to stand trial and prove his innocence. Also displayed in a later scene where Gambit is visiting him and Beast casually bends the bars to his cell (and then straitens them again) to let him in.

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* Beast in the 90s ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}}'' ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' cartoon was once wrongly sent to prison. Magneto, thinking this would make him bitter, broke him out in an attempt to recruit him as an ally - at which point Beast politely asked him to leave, as he wished to stand trial and prove his innocence. Also displayed in a later scene where Gambit is visiting him and Beast casually bends the bars to his cell (and then straitens them again) to let him in.
11th Sep '17 3:30:19 PM Doug86
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* One of the first superhuman villains ComicBook/SpiderMan fought (established via RetCon in ''ComicBook/UntoldTalesOfSpiderMan'') was David Lowell, called Sundown by the superhuman community. A FreakLabAccident granted him powers on the cosmic scale, including super-strength (potentially rivalling the Hulk's), flight, durability, energy projection, instant healing abilities, the ability to grow to giant size (better than Hank Pym) and teleportation. But gaining these powers also sent him into a pain-induced rage that threatened to level New York. When Spidey showed up, nothing the hero could do could so much as scratch him. Then ComicBook/TheAvengers, ComicBook/TheFantasticFour, the Comic/{{X-Men}} and various other New York heroes showed up to help. Nothing ''they'' could muster could [[NoSell so much as scratch him!]] ("He even stood up to Thor!" Peter relates to Mary Jane in a present-day story. "''To Thor!'' Can you imagine?") Eventually, a young girl who had admired him pleaded with him to stop, and in his rage, he turned an energy blast on her, only stopping when he saw who it was. [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Who he had just injured.]] A later story details that he pled guilty, and while breaking out of jail for him would have been easier than most other villains who had, he would not, staying out of guilt until he was paroled, ten years later, [[TheAtoner still hating himself.]] (Ironically, Spidey seemed far more willing to forgive than he was to forgive himself; while he redeemed himself, he scoffed at the idea of using his powers heroically, [[RefusalOfTheCall feeling New York wouldn't accept an ex-con hero]].)

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* One of the first superhuman villains ComicBook/SpiderMan fought (established via RetCon in ''ComicBook/UntoldTalesOfSpiderMan'') was David Lowell, called Sundown by the superhuman community. A FreakLabAccident granted him powers on the cosmic scale, including super-strength (potentially rivalling the Hulk's), flight, durability, energy projection, instant healing abilities, the ability to grow to giant size (better than Hank Pym) and teleportation. But gaining these powers also sent him into a pain-induced rage that threatened to level New York. When Spidey showed up, nothing the hero could do could so much as scratch him. Then ComicBook/TheAvengers, ComicBook/TheFantasticFour, the Comic/{{X-Men}} ComicBook/FantasticFour, the ComicBook/XMen and various other New York heroes showed up to help. Nothing ''they'' could muster could [[NoSell so much as scratch him!]] ("He even stood up to Thor!" Peter relates to Mary Jane in a present-day story. "''To Thor!'' Can you imagine?") Eventually, a young girl who had admired him pleaded with him to stop, and in his rage, he turned an energy blast on her, only stopping when he saw who it was. [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Who he had just injured.]] A later story details that he pled guilty, and while breaking out of jail for him would have been easier than most other villains who had, he would not, staying out of guilt until he was paroled, ten years later, [[TheAtoner still hating himself.]] (Ironically, Spidey seemed far more willing to forgive than he was to forgive himself; while he redeemed himself, he scoffed at the idea of using his powers heroically, [[RefusalOfTheCall feeling New York wouldn't accept an ex-con hero]].)
8th Sep '17 6:48:18 AM CosmicFerret
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' episode "Bloodlines", When [[TheFlash Impulse]] appears in [[HomeBase the Cave]] and runs amok, he is knocked out by Nightwing and has his hands and feet cuffed. While Nightwing, Robin, and Beast Boy interrogate him, he stays put. But once [[MissionControl Mal Duncan]] arrives and opens an exit, Impulse simply vibrates his body through the cuffs and [[SuperSpeed runs off]].

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' episode "Bloodlines", When [[TheFlash [[Franchise/TheFlash Impulse]] appears in [[HomeBase the Cave]] and runs amok, he is knocked out by Nightwing and has his hands and feet cuffed. While Nightwing, Robin, and Beast Boy interrogate him, he stays put. But once [[MissionControl Mal Duncan]] arrives and opens an exit, Impulse simply vibrates his body through the cuffs and [[SuperSpeed runs off]].
28th Jul '17 4:14:17 PM jormis29
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* One of the first superhuman villains ComicBook/SpiderMan fought (established via RetCon in ''Untold Tales of Spider-Man'') was David Lowell, called Sundown by the superhuman community. A FreakLabAccident granted him powers on the cosmic scale, including super-strength (potentially rivalling the Hulk's), flight, durability, energy projection, instant healing abilities, the ability to grow to giant size (better than Hank Pym) and teleportation. But gaining these powers also sent him into a pain-induced rage that threatened to level New York. When Spidey showed up, nothing the hero could do could so much as scratch him. Then ComicBook/TheAvengers, ComicBook/TheFantasticFour, the Comic/{{X-Men}} and various other New York heroes showed up to help. Nothing ''they'' could muster could [[NoSell so much as scratch him!]] ("He even stood up to Thor!" Peter relates to Mary Jane in a present-day story. "''To Thor!'' Can you imagine?") Eventually, a young girl who had admired him pleaded with him to stop, and in his rage, he turned an energy blast on her, only stopping when he saw who it was. [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Who he had just injured.]] A later story details that he pled guilty, and while breaking out of jail for him would have been easier than most other villains who had, he would not, staying out of guilt until he was paroled, ten years later, [[TheAtoner still hating himself.]] (Ironically, Spidey seemed far more willing to forgive than he was to forgive himself; while he redeemed himself, he scoffed at the idea of using his powers heroically, [[RefusalOfTheCall feeling New York wouldn't accept an ex-con hero]].)

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* One of the first superhuman villains ComicBook/SpiderMan fought (established via RetCon in ''Untold Tales of Spider-Man'') ''ComicBook/UntoldTalesOfSpiderMan'') was David Lowell, called Sundown by the superhuman community. A FreakLabAccident granted him powers on the cosmic scale, including super-strength (potentially rivalling the Hulk's), flight, durability, energy projection, instant healing abilities, the ability to grow to giant size (better than Hank Pym) and teleportation. But gaining these powers also sent him into a pain-induced rage that threatened to level New York. When Spidey showed up, nothing the hero could do could so much as scratch him. Then ComicBook/TheAvengers, ComicBook/TheFantasticFour, the Comic/{{X-Men}} and various other New York heroes showed up to help. Nothing ''they'' could muster could [[NoSell so much as scratch him!]] ("He even stood up to Thor!" Peter relates to Mary Jane in a present-day story. "''To Thor!'' Can you imagine?") Eventually, a young girl who had admired him pleaded with him to stop, and in his rage, he turned an energy blast on her, only stopping when he saw who it was. [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Who he had just injured.]] A later story details that he pled guilty, and while breaking out of jail for him would have been easier than most other villains who had, he would not, staying out of guilt until he was paroled, ten years later, [[TheAtoner still hating himself.]] (Ironically, Spidey seemed far more willing to forgive than he was to forgive himself; while he redeemed himself, he scoffed at the idea of using his powers heroically, [[RefusalOfTheCall feeling New York wouldn't accept an ex-con hero]].)
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