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6th May '18 2:21:13 PM nombretomado
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* Combined with ISurrenderSuckers in ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''; In order to combat the return of the [[TransformersGenerationOne G1 Starscream]] (it's complicated), the Maximals pretend to surrender themselves to the Decepticon, in exchange for allowing one of their (exaggeratedly) injured comrades to use the repair bay inside their commandeered base. Starscream buys it, and locks the Maximal and their leader Optimus in the brig as leverage while ordering the rest to attack the Predacons. Turns out, though, that's exactly what the Maximals wanted, as it puts the two "prisoners" in a perfect position to retake the base.

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* Combined with ISurrenderSuckers in ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''; In order to combat the return of the [[TransformersGenerationOne [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers G1 Starscream]] (it's complicated), the Maximals pretend to surrender themselves to the Decepticon, in exchange for allowing one of their (exaggeratedly) injured comrades to use the repair bay inside their commandeered base. Starscream buys it, and locks the Maximal and their leader Optimus in the brig as leverage while ordering the rest to attack the Predacons. Turns out, though, that's exactly what the Maximals wanted, as it puts the two "prisoners" in a perfect position to retake the base.
2nd May '18 9:22:07 PM nombretomado
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[[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused]] with the similar, but distinct, AloneWithPrisonerPloy. That's when a [[HeelFaceTurn reformed]] bad guy or good guy on the [[TheInfiltration inside]] asks to be alone with an actual prisoner in order to help him/her.

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[[IThoughtItMeant [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused]] with the similar, but distinct, AloneWithPrisonerPloy. That's when a [[HeelFaceTurn reformed]] bad guy or good guy on the [[TheInfiltration inside]] asks to be alone with an actual prisoner in order to help him/her.
21st Apr '18 1:45:52 PM Hjortron18
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* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse''
** Done in ''Film/TheAvengers2012'' by Loki to attack the S.H.I.E.L.D air carrier from the inside by taking control of (or at least releasing) the Hulk.
** In ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'', [[TheDragon Algrim]] disguises himself as a marauder and lets himself be taken prisoner by the Asgardians, so that he can escape from the dungeon cells, both starting a prison riot as a diversion and putting him in position to destroy Asgard's defenses from within just as the Dark Elves attack.
4th Feb '18 12:23:32 AM foxley
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In ''Film/BringMeTheHeadOfTheMachineGunWoman'', Santiago brings the Machine Gun Woman to Longara tied up as his prisoner, intending to then turn her loose so she can kill Longara. The plan fails because he forgot to tell her that Longara was holding his mother hostage.

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* In ''Film/BringMeTheHeadOfTheMachineGunWoman'', Santiago brings the Machine Gun Woman to Longara tied up as his prisoner, intending to then turn her loose so she can kill Longara. The plan fails because he forgot to tell her that Longara was holding his mother hostage.
4th Feb '18 12:22:30 AM foxley
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In ''Film/BringMeTheHeadOfTheMachineGunWoman'', Santiago brings the Machine Gun Woman to Longara tied up as his prisoner, intending to then turn her loose so she can kill Longara. The plan fails because he forgot to tell her that Longara was holding his mother hostage.
2nd Jan '18 11:02:05 AM Tacitus
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** The heroes repeated the trick in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' with Leia infiltrating Jabba's palace by posing as a bounty hunter and bringing Chewbacca in; not to mention letting herself be captured. (That's right, it was intentional. None of them thought they could ever sneak out of the place. The whole point of the overall plan [[BatmanGambit was to fool Jabba]] into putting Luke in a situation where R2-D2 could deliver the lightsaber he had hidden inside him, and ''then'' make a surprise attack, and in the end, it worked perfectly.)
*** To summarize, this plan required first that R2-D2 and C-3PO be given to Jabba as gifts of good faith. Then Leia (in disguise) delivers Chewbacca, frees Han from the carbonite, and is captured herself. ''Then'' Luke walks in, demands the release of his friends, and is captured (after a fight). Once they have thus gotten the entire crew together in one place, and out of Jabba's palace (for the execution), the Big Damn Jailbreak ensues. The only person who had to do a conventional infiltration was Lando, who evidently just signed up for a job opening as a mook.
*** Well, Luke was hoping he could free his friends without all this (through bribery, force or JediMindTrick). When that doesn't work it's TimeForPlanB.

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** The heroes repeated repeat the trick in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' with ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''. First R2-D2 and C-3P0 are given to Jabba the Hutt as "gifts" of good faith (hilariously enough, Threepio was not told this beforehand and thought they were just delivering a normal message). Then Leia infiltrating Jabba's palace by arrives posing as a bounty hunter and bringing with Chewbacca in; not as her "prisoner," makes her own attempt to mention letting herself be captured. (That's right, it was intentional. None of them thought they could ever sneak out of the place. The whole point of the overall plan [[BatmanGambit was to fool Jabba]] into putting Luke in a situation where R2-D2 could deliver the lightsaber he had hidden inside him, and ''then'' make a surprise attack, and in the end, it worked perfectly.)
*** To summarize, this plan required first that R2-D2 and C-3PO be given to Jabba as gifts of good faith. Then Leia (in disguise) delivers Chewbacca, frees Han from the carbonite, and is
free Han, but gets captured herself. instead - but don't worry, they have several backup plans. ''Then'' Luke walks in, demands arrives to demand the release of his friends, but his JediMindTrick fails, he gets into a fight, and is winds up captured (after a fight). Once they have thus gotten too. But the entire crew together in one place, and out of Jabba's palace (for end result has all the execution), the Big Damn Jailbreak ensues. The only person heroes - including Lando, who had to do did a more conventional infiltration was Lando, who evidently just signed up for a job opening as a mook.
*** Well,
[[{{Mook}} hired guard]] - [[BatmanGambit assembled when Jabba tries to execute them]], so when R2 tosses Luke was hoping he could free his friends without all this (through bribery, force or JediMindTrick). When that doesn't work it's TimeForPlanB.lightsaber, we get the Big Damn Jailbreak.
3rd Oct '17 9:10:05 PM Mdjj1996
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Occasionally, this trick is [[UnspokenPlanGuarantee proposed offscreen]], leading the viewer to think that a major character pulled a FaceHeelTurn.

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Occasionally, this trick is [[UnspokenPlanGuarantee proposed offscreen]], leading the viewer to think that a major character pulled a FaceHeelTurn.
FaceHeelTurn (who is, in truth, a FaceHeelMole).
28th Sep '17 10:22:02 AM Nadim
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10 Omniverse}}'': In "The Frogs of War: Part 2", Ben gains a new transformation named Bulfrag which he uses to pose as an Incursean guard and "captures" Gwen Kevin Max and Blukic so they can infiltrate Plumbers [=HQ=] after it was taken over by the Incurseans.
24th Sep '17 5:14:37 PM nighttrainfm
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* In Spike's introductory episode on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Angel tries this with Xander as the prisoner, using EnforcedMethodActing to coax realistic prisoner behavior out of him. It doesn't work as Spike knows Angel too well and thus knows he's faking it.

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
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In Spike's introductory episode on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', episode, Angel tries this with Xander as the prisoner, using EnforcedMethodActing to coax realistic prisoner behavior out of him. It doesn't work work, as Spike knows Angel too well and thus knows he's faking it.
3rd Aug '17 8:53:43 PM TomS98
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* The ground portion of the ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' mission, ''Brushfire'', starts off with this trope with the player and their bridge officers as the "prisoners" and Rodek as the "guard."
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