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30th Jul '16 3:36:29 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Main/UltimaV'' takes place after Lord British has been captured by the Shadowlords. So let's see, [[spoiler: they trapped Lord British inside of a mirror inside of a room that's on a ridiculously secure floor at the bottom of a very dangerous dungeon filled with monsters and puzzles, which is filled with barriers that can only be brought down with one of the crown jewels that was taken from him, you can't even set foot in the dungeon without the very last Word of Power which you don't get until all eight Sacred Quests are completed, the Shadowlords themselves show up to defeat the Avatar if he manages to set foot in that dungeon before defeating all three of them, the dungeon entrance itself is cloaked in darkness that can't be penetrated without another of Lord British's crown jewels, the darkness itself is hidden behind lava and mountains that can't be crossed without losing hit points, in a section of an underworld that lies beneath yet another dungeon which is less dangerous, but is also sealed up with yet another Word of Power, and everything that could have gotten Lord British out of there was either taken from him and hidden, or left in his private chambers?]] Yeah, I think it's safe to say the Shadowlords really, really didn't want Lord British to escape.

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* ''Main/UltimaV'' ''VideoGame/UltimaV'' takes place after Lord British has been captured by the Shadowlords. So let's see, [[spoiler: they trapped Lord British inside of a mirror inside of a room that's on a ridiculously secure floor at the bottom of a very dangerous dungeon filled with monsters and puzzles, which is filled with barriers that can only be brought down with one of the crown jewels that was taken from him, you can't even set foot in the dungeon without the very last Word of Power which you don't get until all eight Sacred Quests are completed, the Shadowlords themselves show up to defeat the Avatar if he manages to set foot in that dungeon before defeating all three of them, the dungeon entrance itself is cloaked in darkness that can't be penetrated without another of Lord British's crown jewels, the darkness itself is hidden behind lava and mountains that can't be crossed without losing hit points, in a section of an underworld that lies beneath yet another dungeon which is less dangerous, but is also sealed up with yet another Word of Power, and everything that could have gotten Lord British out of there was either taken from him and hidden, or left in his private chambers?]] Yeah, I think it's safe to say the Shadowlords really, really didn't want Lord British to escape.
14th Jul '16 12:31:47 AM KYCubbie
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* Camp Delta, more commonly - and inaccurately - referred to as Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. This houses some of the most dangerous prisoners taken by American forces during TheWarOnTerror. There are 12 guards for every one prisoner, and waterboarding was performed regularly until 2008. Escape is considered virtually impossible; even then, an escaped prisoner would find himself in the middle of a US Navy base and having to cross the heavily guarded border with Cuba or swim across the Florida Straits to...America.

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* Camp Delta, more commonly - and inaccurately - referred to as Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. This houses some of the most dangerous prisoners taken by American forces during TheWarOnTerror. There are 12 guards for every one prisoner, and waterboarding was performed regularly until 2008. Escape is considered virtually impossible; even then, an escaped prisoner would find himself in the middle of a US Navy base and having to cross the heavily guarded border with Cuba or swim across the Windward Passage to Haiti.[[note]]An earlier version of this item said "swim across the Florida Straits to...to... America." That's an even less viable option than either of the above because Gitmo is on the opposite side of Cuba from the Florida Straits. One would either have to swim (or use a makeshift boat) to go around Cuba, or cross said heavily guarded border and then cross the island.[[/note]]
9th Jul '16 1:13:16 PM nombretomado
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* ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' had the Pit, where those who had broken the law of Mata Nui were sent by a being named Botar (and following his death, a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute) after being defeated in battle. Hundreds of years ago, it filled up with mutagenic water and the interns escaped, and more recently, the entire establishment was destroyed, however by that time, most of the escapees had been recaptured.

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* ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' had the Pit, where those who had broken the law of Mata Nui were sent by a being named Botar (and following his death, a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute) after being defeated in battle. Hundreds of years ago, it filled up with mutagenic water and the interns escaped, and more recently, the entire establishment was destroyed, however by that time, most of the escapees had been recaptured.
9th Jul '16 9:59:05 AM Morgenthaler
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PenalColony. DeadlyEnvironmentPrison is a SubTrope.
8th Jul '16 8:33:43 PM Adept
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** The Fire Nation keeps captive Earthbenders on a giant steel platform way out to sea. The lack of anything to practice on keeps the prisoners down, even when Katara makes a RousingSpeech, until the others grab a huge load of coal, which the Earthbenders ''can'' work with. One of the reasons [[TheLastAirbender the movie]] was so disliked was that they dropped the "out to sea" part, keeping the Earthbenders in a ''quarry''.

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** The Fire Nation keeps captive Earthbenders on a giant steel platform way out to sea. The lack of anything to practice on keeps the prisoners down, even when Katara makes a RousingSpeech, until the others grab a huge load of coal, which the Earthbenders ''can'' work with. One of the reasons [[TheLastAirbender [[Film/TheLastAirbender the movie]] was so disliked was that they dropped the "out to sea" part, keeping the Earthbenders in a ''quarry''.
6th Jul '16 2:53:30 PM Adept
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* In the book ''I Want To Go Home!'' by GordonKorman, Camp [[DesertedIsland Algonkian Island]] is nicknamed Alcatraz, and the two protagonists spend the entire summer trying to get off the island.

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* In the book ''I Want To Go Home!'' by GordonKorman, Creator/GordonKorman, Camp [[DesertedIsland Algonkian Island]] is nicknamed Alcatraz, and the two protagonists spend the entire summer trying to get off the island.



* Xintan Prison from ''[[MatthewReilly The Six Sacred Stones]]'' is situated atop twin mountain peaks, where the only way out is a single train line. The main prison is on one peak, with a torture wing on the other peak, and the only way out is a train line into the main prison. Naturally, the mountains are too steep to ski down and they have helicopters ready to chase down anyone stupid enough to parachute. Naturally, it's inescapable until the heroes try it.

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* Xintan Prison from ''[[MatthewReilly ''[[Literature/MatthewReilly The Six Sacred Stones]]'' is situated atop twin mountain peaks, where the only way out is a single train line. The main prison is on one peak, with a torture wing on the other peak, and the only way out is a train line into the main prison. Naturally, the mountains are too steep to ski down and they have helicopters ready to chase down anyone stupid enough to parachute. Naturally, it's inescapable until the heroes try it.
26th Jun '16 2:08:22 PM maxwellsilver
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** Frank Morris and John and Clarence Anglin [[TheEndOrIsIt may or may not have escaped.]] ''Series/MythBusters'' [[JustForFun/TropesExaminedByTheMythBusters proved their escape possible]], and even [[ShownTheirWork took San Francisco Bay tidal movements and Morris' high intelligence into consideration]] and concluded that he could have ditched their equipment upon reaching the mainland and have it wash up on Angel Island, giving the impression they drowned. [[TheUnsolvedMystery Given that no sign of them has ever turned up, it will likely never be known if they actually survived.]]

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** Frank Morris and John and Clarence Anglin [[TheEndOrIsIt may or may not have escaped.]] escaped. ''Series/MythBusters'' [[JustForFun/TropesExaminedByTheMythBusters proved their escape possible]], and even [[ShownTheirWork took San Francisco Bay tidal movements and Morris' high intelligence into consideration]] consideration and concluded that he could have ditched their equipment upon reaching the mainland and have it wash up on Angel Island, giving the impression they drowned. [[TheUnsolvedMystery Given that no sign of them has ever turned up, it will likely never be known if they actually survived.]]
21st Jun '16 9:02:12 PM lalalei2001
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* In ''{{FanFic/Glass}}'' the island as a whole is this for everyone trapped there, but much of Seto's time is occupied with a truly inescapable room that he can only get out of through mutual trust.
15th Jun '16 11:23:50 PM Doug86
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* There's quite a few in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', with the two most famous (out-of-universe, at least) being the Dark Eldar [[WretchedHive city of Commorragh]] and the Dark Angels' flying fortress monastery "The Rock". [[CrapsackWorld It should tell you something]] that both of these places are associated more with ColdBloodedTorture than actual imprisonment...
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay}}, the city of Marienburg has "Rijker's Island," an Expy of the RealLife Riker's Island in NewYorkCity. But much, much tougher.

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* There's quite a few in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'', with the two most famous (out-of-universe, at least) being the Dark Eldar [[WretchedHive city of Commorragh]] and the Dark Angels' flying fortress monastery "The Rock". [[CrapsackWorld It should tell you something]] that both of these places are associated more with ColdBloodedTorture than actual imprisonment...
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay}}, the city of Marienburg has "Rijker's Island," an Expy of the RealLife Riker's Island in NewYorkCity.UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity. But much, much tougher.
10th Jun '16 8:34:45 PM MyFinalEdits
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** How long did it take him to think up the plan? Well, he was sort of thrown by being told he had terminal cancer, so it might have been closer to 10 minutes than his usual five.
*** Admittedly it is now much harder to escape from now that it has been relocated to Antarctica.
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