History Main / SelfRestraint

18th Nov '15 9:46:29 AM lalalei2001
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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.
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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. NeverGoingBackToPrison. Compare CapturedOnPurpose, where a character lets themselves be captured as part of a plan and can't necessarily escape easily.
10th Oct '15 12:28:03 PM nombretomado
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* A lengthy plot in ''NewWarriors'' involved Marvel Boy accidentally killing his abusive father with his powers, and being found guilty of manslaughter. When the rest of the Warriors show up to break him out of prison, he refuses to go--he did the crime, he'll do the time.
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* A lengthy plot in ''NewWarriors'' ''ComicBook/NewWarriors'' involved Marvel Boy accidentally killing his abusive father with his powers, and being found guilty of manslaughter. When the rest of the Warriors show up to break him out of prison, he refuses to go--he did the crime, he'll do the time.
29th Jun '15 4:10:47 PM Goldfritha
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In many characters' lives there might come a moment when leaving a prison would be against everything they stand for. After all, if ''they'' can't obey the law, how could they demand it from anyone else? Besides, [[ClearMyName they didn't do it]], so there's [[WrongfulAccusationInsurance nothing to worry about]].
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In many characters' lives there might come a moment when leaving a prison would be against everything they stand for. After all, if ''they'' can't obey the law, how could they demand it from anyone else? Besides, [[ClearMyName [[MiscarriageOfJustice they didn't do it]], so there's [[WrongfulAccusationInsurance nothing to worry about]].
19th Jun '15 5:03:17 PM Vios
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Often [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] with the characters demonstrating just how easy breaking out would be. They might also be forced to insist to be let to stay, if they are in danger of getting freed prematurely. If they're waiting to get legally released, they may just escape as the order comes, to show that they ''can''.
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Often [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] with the characters demonstrating just how easy breaking out would be. They might also be forced to insist to be let to stay, if they are in danger of getting freed prematurely.prematurely, or to defy an attempt to [[TrickedIntoEscaping trick them into escaping]] against their own best interests. If they're waiting to get legally released, they may just escape as the order comes, to show that they ''can''.
21st May '15 2:04:49 PM StFan
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* In the first episode of ''FistOfTheNorthStar'', Kenshiro initially makes no effort to escape from jail, even passing up a chance to grab the keys. When he hears that Zeed kills women and children, he bends open the bars to his cell to kick some butt-ugly ass. * {{AKB0048}}: Nagisa's father does this initially when Nagisa shows up to break him out of prison. Her father is a government official on a planet in which entertainment is banned, and was subsequently thrown in jail when Nagisa joined a high-profile entertainment group.
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* In the first episode of ''FistOfTheNorthStar'', ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', Kenshiro initially makes no effort to escape from jail, even passing up a chance to grab the keys. When he hears that Zeed kills women and children, he bends open the bars to his cell to kick some butt-ugly ass. * {{AKB0048}}: ''Anime/AKB0048'': Nagisa's father does this initially when Nagisa shows up to break him out of prison. Her father is a government official on a planet in which entertainment is banned, and was subsequently thrown in jail when Nagisa joined a high-profile entertainment group.

* Another Superman example: promo material for ''Film/ManOfSteel'' shows our hero being handcuffed, detained and calmly taking questions from Lois Lane in a room with a two-way mirror. ** During that scene in the movie, Kal gets up to address the General who is standing behind the two-way mirror, casually breaking the chain of the handcuffs without so much as stopping to glance at them.
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* Another Superman example: promo material for ''Film/ManOfSteel'' shows our hero being handcuffed, detained and calmly taking questions from Lois Lane in a room with a two-way mirror. \n** During that scene in the movie, Kal gets up to address the General who is standing behind the two-way mirror, casually breaking the chain of the handcuffs without so much as stopping to glance at them.
19th May '15 9:54:10 AM nombretomado
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* In ''{{Asterix}} and the Laurel Wreath'', the heroes get imprisoned and break out of their cell during the night to search the palace above, only to return once they don't find what they're looking for.
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* In ''{{Asterix}} ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}} and the Laurel Wreath'', the heroes get imprisoned and break out of their cell during the night to search the palace above, only to return once they don't find what they're looking for.
10th May '15 6:02:49 AM erforce
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* In ''{{Hancock}}'', when he turns himself in to improve his public relations he is basically kept there on the honor system. This is demonstrated at one point when he jumps over the fence to retrieve a basketball and then goes right back in.
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* In ''{{Hancock}}'', ''Film/{{Hancock}}'', when he turns himself in to improve his public relations he is basically kept there on the honor system. This is demonstrated at one point when he jumps over the fence to retrieve a basketball and then goes right back in.

* Marv in the film of ''SinCity'': He gets chained up and interrogated, then breaks his chains just as he's about to be let free. He explains that it's because he WouldntHitAGirl. ** Another ''SinCity'' example is Hartigan, who actually had to claim to have committed a crime, but was innocent. His refusal was partly because of his distrust of his captors (who were paid off by a corrupt US senator who wanted to make him pay for trying to take down his son), and partly because he didn't want to be associated with the seriously heinous crime in question.
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* Marv in the film of ''SinCity'': ''Film/SinCity'': He gets chained up and interrogated, then breaks his chains just as he's about to be let free. He explains that it's because he WouldntHitAGirl. ** Another ''SinCity'' ''Film/SinCity'' example is Hartigan, who actually had to claim to have committed a crime, but was innocent. His refusal was partly because of his distrust of his captors (who were paid off by a corrupt US senator who wanted to make him pay for trying to take down his son), and partly because he didn't want to be associated with the seriously heinous crime in question.

* In ''SupportYourLocalSheriff'', James Garner's character has one of the bad guys so badly buffaloed that he's willing to stay in a jail cell that has no bars, just a line drawn on the floor to indicate where the bars should be.
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* In ''SupportYourLocalSheriff'', ''Film/SupportYourLocalSheriff'', James Garner's character has one of the bad guys so badly buffaloed that he's willing to stay in a jail cell that has no bars, just a line drawn on the floor to indicate where the bars should be.
28th Apr '15 9:56:26 AM nombretomado
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* On ''{{Bones}}'', not only the main character's father, but her brother, do this to restore her respect in them.
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* On ''{{Bones}}'', ''Series/{{Bones}}'', not only the main character's father, but her brother, do this to restore her respect in them.
17th Apr '15 7:52:04 PM nombretomado
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* On ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'', BugsBunny and DaffyDuck are put in prison, and Bugs finds that prison life agrees with him; free meals, free gym, and best of all, protection from the other prisoners so he can insult them indiscriminently ("It's a smart-aleck's paradise!"). When they both escape [[ChainedHeat shackled to each other]], all Bugs wants is to turn himself in. And once they have served their sentence, Bugs has to be dragged out kicking and screaming.
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* On ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'', BugsBunny WesternAnimation/BugsBunny and DaffyDuck WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck are put in prison, and Bugs finds that prison life agrees with him; free meals, free gym, and best of all, protection from the other prisoners so he can insult them indiscriminently ("It's a smart-aleck's paradise!"). When they both escape [[ChainedHeat shackled to each other]], all Bugs wants is to turn himself in. And once they have served their sentence, Bugs has to be dragged out kicking and screaming.
11th Apr '15 2:42:41 AM JamaicanCastle
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** In ''Thud!'', a group of Watch officers, including a pair of trolls, are captured by dwarven army troops and the trolls ([[FantasticRacism and only the trolls]]) are put in chains. Vimes spots straight away that they're just cheap field chains and would be completely unable to hold the (massive, made-of-stone) trolls for more than a few seconds... but that would give the dwarfs the legal ability to kill the "escaping prisoner". Fortunately, Detritus is more than experienced enough to see through the trick.
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