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28th Aug '16 3:17:09 AM erforce
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* Ian Starshine fills this role at the gladiator camp in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''; his reference to being nicknamed "Red" is a ShoutOut to ''TheShawshankRedemption''. He's not as reliable as typical examples of this trope, though.

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* Ian Starshine fills this role at the gladiator camp in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''; his reference to being nicknamed "Red" is a ShoutOut to ''TheShawshankRedemption''.''Film/TheShawshankRedemption''. He's not as reliable as typical examples of this trope, though.
21st Jul '16 2:13:10 AM LondonKdS
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* ''Series/RobinOfSherwood'' has the nameless insane old prisoner in the dungeon of Nottingham Castle, who constantly refuses to join in escape plans because he doesn't want to leave his pet rat Arthur. He was initially created as a plot device for one episode, but became an EnsembleDarkhorse.
7th Jun '16 10:51:47 PM lorgskyegon
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** Minor character Whitney Munson has been in even longer, 52 years compared to Rebadow's 32. He's serving a 110 year sentence for strangling a prostitute and possession of opium.
** Miguel Alvarez's grandfather Ricardo has been in the longest - 54 years as of his final appearance. He dies of Alzheimer's Disease in season 1.
26th Apr '16 7:37:59 PM H.TorranceGriffin
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* In ''ComicBook/YTheLastMan'', it is discovered that the idyllic if [[TownWithADarkSecret somewhat secretive]] hamlet Yorick and company stumble across a few months after the {{gendercide}} is populated by inmates of the women's penitentiary just down the road that the remaining guards cut loose. The white-haired woman with a cane and fond memories of working munitions factories during UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo that was more or less running the place? Doing life for murder.
26th Apr '16 9:40:22 AM howdotheyriseup
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* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', Tiktoffen is the "man in charge" in the sentient, sapient and homicidal [[MalevolentArchitecture Castle Heterodyne]]. Subverted, as he's actually only been in for three years - but he's still the longest-serving prisoner. People don't tend to last long inside Castle Heterodyne, especially since half the time it's actively trying to kill them.
** Fixing parts of the Castle gives you points and takes months off your sentence, but it's worth noting that in the fifteen or so years that the Castle has been used as a prison, only one person has ever managed to get enough points to get out.
16th Apr '16 1:50:38 AM MsChibi
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If the central characters decide to break out, the Old Convict probably won't go with them, realising he no longer knows how to survive in the outside world. He may die at the hands of the authorities or vicious fellow inmates (maybe in an attack actually aimed at the hero), inspiring the heroes to either escape or seek vengeance.

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If the central characters decide to break out, the Old Convict probably won't go with them, realising he no longer knows how to survive in the outside world. He may die at the hands of the authorities or vicious fellow inmates (maybe in an attack actually aimed at the hero), inspiring the heroes to either escape or seek vengeance.
vengeance. Compare the AlmightyJanitor.
10th Mar '16 1:44:36 PM Morgenthaler
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* When Earl is in jail in ''MyNameIsEarl'' and looks for a gang to join, he finds that the Old Con gang aren't any more adapted to survival inside the prison than anyone else.

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* When Earl is in jail in ''MyNameIsEarl'' ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' and looks for a gang to join, he finds that the Old Con gang aren't any more adapted to survival inside the prison than anyone else.



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* D.B. Cooper, alias Charles Westmoreland, in ''PrisonBreak''. He is introduced as Fox River's longest-serving inmate (thirty-two years) and he tells Scofield that he has sixty more years left on his sentence.

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* D.B. Cooper, alias Charles Westmoreland, in ''PrisonBreak''.''Series/PrisonBreak''. He is introduced as Fox River's longest-serving inmate (thirty-two years) and he tells Scofield that he has sixty more years left on his sentence.
22nd Jan '16 10:33:29 PM nombretomado
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* Babe Fraser in ''The Stars' Tennis Balls'' by StephenFry. As this novel is a re-imagining of ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'', this should not come as a surprise.

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* Babe Fraser in ''The Stars' Tennis Balls'' by StephenFry.Creator/StephenFry. As this novel is a re-imagining of ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'', this should not come as a surprise.
13th Dec '15 4:18:12 PM nombretomado
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* General Jan Dodonna in ''[[XWingSeries The Krytos Trap]]'' serves this purpose for the captured Corran Horn in Ysanne Isard's [[TheAlcatraz Lusankya prison]]. Though he doesn't go not because he doesn't know what to do, but because he's the highest-ranking Rebel prisoner, knows they can't get the other Rebels out, and also knows that if he escapes without them she'll have them killed.

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* General Jan Dodonna in ''[[XWingSeries ''[[Literature/XWingSeries The Krytos Trap]]'' serves this purpose for the captured Corran Horn in Ysanne Isard's [[TheAlcatraz Lusankya prison]]. Though he doesn't go not because he doesn't know what to do, but because he's the highest-ranking Rebel prisoner, knows they can't get the other Rebels out, and also knows that if he escapes without them she'll have them killed.
9th Dec '15 7:15:24 PM Gamermaster
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* OlderThanRadio: Abbe Faria in ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'' by Creator/AlexandreDumas (and its various film and television adaptations). He teaches Dantes everything he will need to know for his new life on the outside, tells him where a firtune is hidden, and his death provides Dantes with his means of escape.

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* OlderThanRadio: Abbe Faria in ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'' by Creator/AlexandreDumas (and its various film and television adaptations). He teaches Dantes everything he will need to know for his new life on the outside, tells him where a firtune fortune is hidden, and his death provides Dantes with his means of escape.
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