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15th May '17 3:01:05 PM ngh93
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-->'''Guard:''' (Raises his weapon, pointing it at Preed) You're lying! He's not a slave and you're not traders. He doesn't carry himself like a slave! Look at the way he stands... probably ex-military. Akrennian traders always threaten before they ask a favor, it's tradition. (to Stith) And YOUR robes are made out of bedspreads!\\

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-->'''Guard:''' (Raises (''Raises his weapon, pointing it at Preed) Preed'') You're lying! He's not a slave and you're not traders. He doesn't carry himself like a slave! Look at the way he stands... probably ex-military. Akrennian traders always threaten before they ask a favor, it's tradition. (to Stith) (''to Stith'') And YOUR robes are made out of bedspreads!\\
15th May '17 3:00:28 PM ngh93
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'''Preed:''' Just out of curiosity, did we have a [[TimeForPlanB plan "B"?]] ''(Stith charges the guard and proceeds[[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beat the crap out of him]])'' An intelligent guard. [[DidNotSeeThatComing Didn't see]] ''[[{{Lampshading}} that]]'' [[DidNotSeeThatComing one coming]]. (''tasers the guard'')

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'''Preed:''' Just out of curiosity, did we have a [[TimeForPlanB plan "B"?]] ''(Stith charges the guard and proceeds[[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown proceeds to [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beat the crap out of him]])'' An intelligent guard. [[DidNotSeeThatComing Didn't see]] ''[[{{Lampshading}} that]]'' [[DidNotSeeThatComing one coming]]. (''tasers the guard'')
15th May '17 3:00:13 PM ngh93
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'''Preed:''' Just out of curiosity, did we have a [[TimeForPlanB plan "B"?]]\\ ''(Stith charges the guard and proceeds[[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beat the crap out of him]])'' An intelligent guard. [[DidNotSeeThatComing Didn't see]] ''[[{{Lampshading}} that]]'' [[DidNotSeeThatComing one coming]]. (''tasers the guard'')

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'''Preed:''' Just out of curiosity, did we have a [[TimeForPlanB plan "B"?]]\\ "B"?]] ''(Stith charges the guard and proceeds[[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beat the crap out of him]])'' An intelligent guard. [[DidNotSeeThatComing Didn't see]] ''[[{{Lampshading}} that]]'' [[DidNotSeeThatComing one coming]]. (''tasers the guard'')
15th May '17 2:59:55 PM ngh93
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'''Preed:''' Just out of curiosity, did we have a [[TimeForPlanB plan "B"?]]\\ ''(Stith charges the guard and proceeds[[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beat the crap out of him; and h)'' An intelligent guard. [[DidNotSeeThatComing Didn't see]] ''[[{{Lampshading}} that]]'' [[DidNotSeeThatComing one coming]]. (''tasers the guard'')

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'''Preed:''' Just out of curiosity, did we have a [[TimeForPlanB plan "B"?]]\\ ''(Stith charges the guard and proceeds[[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beat the crap out of him; and h)'' him]])'' An intelligent guard. [[DidNotSeeThatComing Didn't see]] ''[[{{Lampshading}} that]]'' [[DidNotSeeThatComing one coming]]. (''tasers the guard'')
15th May '17 2:59:41 PM ngh93
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* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/TitanAE'' when Stith and Preed try to infiltrate a colony with this trope.
-->'''Guard:''' (Raises his weapon, pointing it at Preed) You're lying! He's not a slave and you're not traders. He doesn't carry himself like a slave! Look at the way he stands... probably ex-military. Akrennian traders always threaten before they ask a favor, it's tradition. (to Stith) And YOUR robes are made out of bedspreads.
** And then the guard sees their Plan B. Kicked in the face by a Mantrin. This entire bit was brought to you by Creator/JossWhedon.

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* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/TitanAE'' when Stith and Preed try to infiltrate a colony with this trope.
trope. This entire bit was brought to you by Creator/JossWhedon.
-->'''Guard:''' (Raises his weapon, pointing it at Preed) You're lying! He's not a slave and you're not traders. He doesn't carry himself like a slave! Look at the way he stands... probably ex-military. Akrennian traders always threaten before they ask a favor, it's tradition. (to Stith) And YOUR robes are made out of bedspreads.
** And then
bedspreads!\\
'''Preed:''' Just out of curiosity, did we have a [[TimeForPlanB plan "B"?]]\\ ''(Stith charges
the guard sees their Plan B. Kicked in and proceeds[[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beat the face by a Mantrin. This entire bit was brought to you by Creator/JossWhedon.crap out of him; and h)'' An intelligent guard. [[DidNotSeeThatComing Didn't see]] ''[[{{Lampshading}} that]]'' [[DidNotSeeThatComing one coming]]. (''tasers the guard'')
2nd May '17 4:28:43 PM AthenaBlue
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In the other version, the fake guard is someone the enemy thinks is on their side, e.g TheMole, [[HeelFaceTurn a reformed villain]], or a LoveableRogue. They swagger into the enemy camp, show off their captive, then surreptitiously help them escape, while doing a little espionage on the side. The fake guard doesn't always bother telling the hero the plan in advance either; the act is much more convincing [[EnforcedMethodActing if the hero thinks it's real.]]

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In the other version, the fake guard is someone the enemy thinks is on their side, e.g TheMole, [[HeelFaceTurn a reformed reformed]] [[ReverseMole villain]], or a LoveableRogue. They swagger into the enemy camp, show off their captive, then surreptitiously help them escape, while doing a little espionage on the side. The fake guard doesn't always bother telling the hero the plan in advance either; the act is much more convincing [[EnforcedMethodActing if the hero thinks it's real.]]
2nd May '17 4:07:22 PM AthenaBlue
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--->'''Lucius Fox:''' I like your new girlfriend, Mr. Wayne!
--->'''Selina Kyle:''' He should be so lucky.

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--->'''Lucius Fox:''' I like your new girlfriend, Mr. Wayne!
--->'''Selina
Wayne! \\
'''Selina
Kyle:''' He should be so lucky.



* ''Literature/TreasureIsland'': Long John Silver pulls this with Jim, who'd been genuinely captured by Silver and the other pirates earlier. Silver's practical reason for keeping Jim alive is that he's his best chance to escape the gallows if things go south, as Silver suspects they might, ''and'' an extra gun hand against the pirates who'll inevitably turn on them once that happens. However, it's never entirely clear whether Silver would have kept his word to keep Jim alive if things had gone according to plan...
* The ''Literature/BlackJewels'' series uses this to great effect in the third novel, when [[spoiler:Daemon]] pretends to betray and capture [[spoiler:Surreal]].

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* ''Literature/TreasureIsland'': Long John Silver Ur-Example: Sinon in ''Literature/TheAeneid'' pulls this with Jim, who'd been genuinely captured by Silver and on (you guessed it) the other pirates earlier. Silver's practical reason for keeping Jim alive is Trojans to try to get them to bring the [[TrojanHorse horse]] into the city. You know that he's his best chance to escape the gallows if things go south, as Silver suspects they might, ''and'' an extra gun hand against the pirates who'll inevitably turn on them once that happens. However, it's never entirely clear whether Silver would have kept his word to keep Jim alive if things had gone according to plan...
* The ''Literature/BlackJewels'' series uses this to great effect
thing about "beware Greeks bearing gifts?" That was, in the third novel, when [[spoiler:Daemon]] pretends to betray and capture [[spoiler:Surreal]].context, about him specifically.



* In the first trilogy of the ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}} Saga'' the good guys try to do this and fail miserably when [[spoiler:''they are captured because they lack the proper paperwork'']]. This rather original subversion is somewhat {{lampshaded}} when the hero is frantically trying to think of a way out of the mess and realizes that of all the things that could have gone wrong with their plan, no one considered the idea that they would [[spoiler: be suspected of being deserters]].

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* A large-scale example in the ''Literature/BelisariusSeries'': In order to capture a major enemy stronghold, Belisarius and most of his army are "taken prisoner" after being "defeated in a battle". They are escorted into the stronghold by a group of a couple thousand soldiers who used to be on the enemy's side, before defecting en masse in a prior novel.
**
In the first trilogy of second novel, Belisarius has had Prince Eon assume the ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}} Saga'' the good guys try role of ridiculously oversexed ladies man who has to do this and fail miserably have a harem of prostitutes/slaves in his presence to satisfy his urges. The Malwa they are traveling with thus never notice when [[spoiler:''they are captured because they lack the proper paperwork'']]. This rather original subversion is somewhat {{lampshaded}} when the hero is frantically trying to think of a way there's an extra one that's appeared out of nowhere: the mess escaped Princess Shakuntala.
* The ''Literature/BlackJewels'' series uses this to great effect in the third novel, when [[spoiler:Daemon]] pretends to betray
and realizes that of all the things that could have gone wrong with their plan, no one considered the idea that they would [[spoiler: be suspected of being deserters]].capture [[spoiler:Surreal]].



--> '''Hero:''' I am just taking the prisoners, harharhar.
--> '''Guard:''' Where are you taking them?
--> '''Hero:''' ...Enough of this talking, harharhar. [Beats up guard] I runs out of ideas after a while.
* Chase, of the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series, does this using his adopted daughter as the captive, in order to make a rescue attempt. Coincidentally, two other groups of characters use similar disguises to perform the exact same rescue, each of their own volition. After they meet up with each other, they make their way out with the rescuees playing the captives.

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--> '''Hero:''' -->'''Hero:''' I am just taking the prisoners, harharhar.
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harharhar.\\
'''Guard:''' Where are you taking them?
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them?\\
'''Hero:''' ...Enough of this talking, harharhar. [Beats up guard] I runs out of ideas after a while.
* Chase, ''Franchise/DocSavage'': In ''Devil on the Moon'', Lurgent and his men pull this trick to gain access to Doc's HQ and capture Renny, Long Tom and Pat.
* In the first trilogy
of the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series, does ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}} Saga'' the good guys try to do this using his adopted daughter as and fail miserably when [[spoiler:''they are captured because they lack the captive, proper paperwork'']]. This rather original subversion is somewhat {{lampshaded}} when the hero is frantically trying to think of a way out of the mess and realizes that of all the things that could have gone wrong with their plan, no one considered the idea that they would [[spoiler: be suspected of being deserters]].
* Alvin Fog and Mark Scrapton do this
in order to make a rescue attempt. Coincidentally, two other groups of characters use similar disguises get access to perform the exact same rescue, each prison where 'Handsome Phil' Foote is being held in ''The Justice of their own volition. After they meet up Company Z'' by Creator/JTEdson.
* At the end of ''Literature/PaladinOfSouls'', Ista has become a god-touched saint capable of devouring demons, but she still needs to get within range of the mistress of demons whose army is besieging her gates. So she surrenders, and is taken directly to her.
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with each other, they make their way out with the rescuees playing the captives.mixed success in Creator/DanWells' ''Literature/{{Partials}}''.



* Ur-Example: Sinon in ''Literature/TheAeneid'' pulls this on (you guessed it) the Trojans to try to get them to bring the [[TrojanHorse horse]] into the city. You know that thing about "beware Greeks bearing gifts?" That was, in context, about him specifically.



* Chase, of the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series, does this using his adopted daughter as the captive, in order to make a rescue attempt. Coincidentally, two other groups of characters use similar disguises to perform the exact same rescue, each of their own volition. After they meet up with each other, they make their way out with the rescuees playing the captives.
* In "Twenty years after" (sequel to {{Literature/The Three Musketeers}}), Porthos and D'Artagnan pretend to take prisoners Athos and Aramis.
* ''Literature/TreasureIsland'': Long John Silver pulls this with Jim, who'd been genuinely captured by Silver and the other pirates earlier. Silver's practical reason for keeping Jim alive is that he's his best chance to escape the gallows if things go south, as Silver suspects they might, ''and'' an extra gun hand against the pirates who'll inevitably turn on them once that happens. However, it's never entirely clear whether Silver would have kept his word to keep Jim alive if things had gone according to plan...



* Done with mixed success in Creator/DanWells' ''Literature/{{Partials}}''.
* Alvin Fog and Mark Scrapton do this in order to get access to the prison where 'Handsome Phil' Foote is being held in ''The Justice of Company Z'' by Creator/JTEdson.
* A large-scale example in the Literature/BelisariusSeries: In order to capture a major enemy stronghold, Belisarius and most of his army are "taken prisoner" after being "defeated in a battle". They are escorted into the stronghold by a group of a couple thousand soldiers who used to be on the enemy's side, before defecting en masse in a prior novel.
** In the second novel, Belisarius has had Prince Eon assume the role of ridiculously oversexed ladies man who has to have a harem of prostitutes/slaves in his presence to satisfy his urges. The Malwa they are traveling with thus never notice when there's an extra one that's appeared out of nowhere: the escaped Princess Shakuntala.
* In "Twenty years after" (sequel to {{Literature/The Three Musketeers}}), Porthos and D'Artagnan pretend to take prisoners Athos and Aramis.
* At the end of ''Literature/PaladinOfSouls'', Ista has become a god-touched saint capable of devouring demons, but she still needs to get within range of the mistress of demons whose army is besieging her gates. So she surrenders, and is taken directly to her.
* ''Franchise/DocSavage'': In ''Devil on the Moon'', Lurgent and his men pull this trick to gain access to Doc's HQ and capture Renny, Long Tom and Pat.



* Used by Alex in ''Series/{{Lost}}'', and {{lampshaded}} by Sawyer: "Don't get mad at me because you fell for the Wookiee Prisoner gag."
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', "The Train Job", Inara gets Mal and Zoe out of holding by pretending they're escaped indentured servants.
** Slightly subverted in that the sheriff is obviously suspicious of this but not enough to stop them. He also believes he has judged Mal correctly when he sets an ambush, expecting him to return the stolen loot (which turns out to be [[spoiler:desperately-needed medical supplies]]). He lets Mal go after getting the loot back.
* ''Series/MissionImpossible'' has done this several times, often to get a member of their team into a prison, such as in "Old Man Out", "Trial By Fury" and "The Test Case".
* In ''Series/RedDwarf'', the Cat and Kochanski dress up as Gelfs (with Lister as himself) in order to get into a Simulant's ship.

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* Used by Alex in ''Series/{{Lost}}'', ''Series/{{The 100}}'': The plan to get Bellamy into Mount Weather is for him to pose as a captured Grounder, and {{lampshaded}} by Sawyer: "Don't for Lincoln to pose as a Reaper who's captured him; when Mount Weather opens their doors to take Bellamy, Lincoln will kill the people who come out and Bellamy will slip inside. Backfires when Lincoln can't resist being given another dose of [[FantasticDrug the Red]], and lets Bellamy get mad at me because you fell captured for the Wookiee Prisoner gag."
real.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', "The Train Job", Inara gets Mal and Zoe out of holding by pretending they're escaped indentured servants.
** Slightly
Londo attempts this with G'Kar against Cartagia in ''Series/BabylonFive''. Starts to be subverted in that the sheriff is obviously suspicious of this but not enough to stop them. He also believes he has judged Mal correctly when he sets an ambush, expecting him to return the stolen loot (which turns out to be [[spoiler:desperately-needed medical supplies]]). He lets Mal go after getting the loot back.
* ''Series/MissionImpossible'' has done this several times, often to get
Cartagia replaces G'Kar's rigged-to-break chains with real ones on a member of their team into a prison, such as in "Old Man Out", "Trial By Fury" and "The Test Case".
* In ''Series/RedDwarf'', the Cat and Kochanski dress up as Gelfs (with Lister as himself) in order to get into a Simulant's ship.
whim, but G'Kar [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome breaks them anyway]].



* TheDragon Astronema does this in ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'' to help them get them on the planet the BigBad has Zordon imprisoned.
* Attempted in "[[Series/DoctorWho The Dalek Invasion of Earth]]". The Daleks were not amused, but it is more successful in "Planet of the Daleks".



* Londo attempts this with G'Kar against Cartagia in ''Series/BabylonFive''. Starts to be subverted when Cartagia replaces G'Kar's rigged-to-break chains with real ones on a whim, but G'Kar [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome breaks them anyway]].
* Used to get Byers and Bond out of prison in ''Series/TheLoneGunmen'' after they went in trying to prove a prisoner's innocence [[spoiler: only to find out that the guy's actually guilty, but that another prisoner has been framed]], and freeing him.

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* Londo attempts ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E2TheDalekInvasionOfEarth "The Dalek Invasion of Earth"]] has an attempt at this. The Daleks are ''not'' amused.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS10E4PlanetOfTheDaleks "Planet of the Daleks"]] has a more successful use of the trope.
** The Doctor and Romana allow Count Scarlioni to take them and Duggan prisoner (much to Duggan's chagrin) in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E2CityOfDeath "City of Death"]], so the Doctor can learn more about Scarlioni's plan. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] as Scarlioni was smarter than the average ''Series/DoctorWho'' villain.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E4StateOfDecay "State of Decay"]]: Romana poses as Tarak's prisoner so they can sneak into the tower to rescue Adric.
* ''Series/{{Dominion}}'': In the first season finale, [[BigBad Gabriel]] walks right up to the walls of Vega and hands himself in to the military, letting himself get locked in a maximum security cell with an ExplosiveLeash, counting on his [[LesCollaborateurs Acolytes]] freeing him a few hours later. And
this with G'Kar against Cartagia in ''Series/BabylonFive''. Starts to be subverted when Cartagia replaces G'Kar's rigged-to-break chains with real ones on a whim, but G'Kar [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome breaks them anyway]].
* Used to get Byers and Bond out of prison in ''Series/TheLoneGunmen'' after they went in trying
is all done just to prove a prisoner's innocence [[spoiler: only point to find out that [[TheChosenOne Alex]] about how easily he could destroy the guy's actually guilty, but that another prisoner has been framed]], and freeing him.city if he chose to.



* Variant from ''Series/MyNameIsEarl''. Earl's car has been impounded, but he needs it to complete a list item. So his friend Kenny offers him help: he will allow Earl to [[PunkInTheTrunk get in his car's trunk]], then get his car deliberately impounded so Earl can sneak his own car out. Trouble is, Kenny drives [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renault_5 a very small car]]. So Kenny ends up being the one to go in the trunk, and being the UnluckyEverydude he is, the plan does not go well.
* In an episode of ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'', Xena and Gabrielle let themselves get arrested on purpose by a corrupt ruler as part of a plan, but not at the same time. Xena does so first, in order to contact a rebel leader who was already in prison. Later in the episode, Gabrielle lets herself be caught too, in order to smuggle Xena's chakram into the prison (which was disguised as the brim of the bowler-like hat she was wearing), along with her whip (which she wore around her waist like a belt).

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* Variant from ''Series/MyNameIsEarl''. Earl's car ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', "The Train Job", Inara gets Mal and Zoe out of holding by pretending they're escaped indentured servants.
** Slightly subverted in that the sheriff is obviously suspicious of this but not enough to stop them. He also believes he has judged Mal correctly when he sets an ambush, expecting him to return the stolen loot (which turns out to be [[spoiler:desperately-needed medical supplies]]). He lets Mal go after getting the loot back.
* Used to get Byers and Bond out of prison in ''Series/TheLoneGunmen'' after they went in trying to prove a prisoner's innocence [[spoiler: only to find out that the guy's actually guilty, but that another prisoner
has been impounded, but he needs it to complete a list item. So his friend Kenny offers him help: he will allow Earl to [[PunkInTheTrunk framed]], and freeing him.
* Used by Alex in ''Series/{{Lost}}'', and {{lampshaded}} by Sawyer: "Don't
get in his car's trunk]], then get his car deliberately impounded so Earl can sneak his own car out. Trouble is, Kenny drives [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renault_5 a very small car]]. So Kenny ends up being mad at me because you fell for the one to go in the trunk, and being the UnluckyEverydude he is, the plan does not go well.
* In an episode of ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'', Xena and Gabrielle let themselves get arrested on purpose by a corrupt ruler as part of a plan, but not at the same time. Xena does so first, in order to contact a rebel leader who was already in prison. Later in the episode, Gabrielle lets herself be caught too, in order to smuggle Xena's chakram into the prison (which was disguised as the brim of the bowler-like hat she was wearing), along with her whip (which she wore around her waist like a belt).
Wookiee Prisoner gag."



* ''Series/MissionImpossible'' has done this several times, often to get a member of their team into a prison, such as in "Old Man Out", "Trial By Fury" and "The Test Case".
* Variant from ''Series/MyNameIsEarl''. Earl's car has been impounded, but he needs it to complete a list item. So his friend Kenny offers him help: he will allow Earl to [[PunkInTheTrunk get in his car's trunk]], then get his car deliberately impounded so Earl can sneak his own car out. Trouble is, Kenny drives [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renault_5 a very small car]]. So Kenny ends up being the one to go in the trunk, and being the UnluckyEverydude he is, the plan does not go well.
* ''Series/TheNewAvengers'': Steed and Purdey pull this trick to inflitrate Soo Choy's base in "Trap".
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. Showing extraordinary confidence in the ability of Shaw and the Machine to protect her, Root lets herself be [[BlindfoldedTrip black-hooded]] and dragged off to a CIA BlackSite for interrogation, [[GetIntoJailFree in order to free another prisoner there]].
* TheDragon Astronema does this in ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'' to help them get them on the planet the BigBad has Zordon imprisoned.
* In ''Series/RedDwarf'', the Cat and Kochanski dress up as Gelfs (with Lister as himself) in order to get into a Simulant's ship.



* ''Series/{{Dominion}}'': In the first season finale, [[BigBad Gabriel]] walks right up to the walls of Vega and hands himself in to the military, letting himself get locked in a maximum security cell with an ExplosiveLeash, counting on his [[LesCollaborateurs Acolytes]] freeing him a few hours later. And this is all done just to prove a point to [[TheChosenOne Alex]] about how easily he could destroy the city if he chose to.
* ''Series/{{The 100}}'': The plan to get Bellamy into Mount Weather is for him to pose as a captured Grounder, and for Lincoln to pose as a Reaper who's captured him; when Mount Weather opens their doors to take Bellamy, Lincoln will kill the people who come out and Bellamy will slip inside. Backfires when Lincoln can't resist being given another dose of [[FantasticDrug the Red]], and lets Bellamy get captured for real.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': Romana poses as Tarak's prisoner so they can sneak into the tower to rescue Adric in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E4StateOfDecay State of Decay]]".
** The Doctor and Romana allow Count Scarlioni to take them and Duggan prisoner (much to Duggan's chagrin) in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E2CityOfDeath City of Death]]", so the Doctor can learn more about Scarlioni's plan. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] as Scarlioni was smarter than the average ''Series/DoctorWho'' villain.
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. Showing extraordinary confidence in the ability of Shaw and the Machine to protect her, Root lets herself be [[BlindfoldedTrip black-hooded]] and dragged off to a CIA BlackSite for interrogation, [[GetIntoJailFree in order to free another prisoner there]].
* ''Series/TheNewAvengers'': Steed and Purdey pull this trick to inflitrate Soo Choy's base in "Trap".


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* In an episode of ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'', Xena and Gabrielle let themselves get arrested on purpose by a corrupt ruler as part of a plan, but not at the same time. Xena does so first, in order to contact a rebel leader who was already in prison. Later in the episode, Gabrielle lets herself be caught too, in order to smuggle Xena's chakram into the prison (which was disguised as the brim of the bowler-like hat she was wearing), along with her whip (which she wore around her waist like a belt).
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** "Side Trip", a novella written by both TimothyZahn and MichaelStackpole, has Thrawn-in-Mandalorian-armor pull a blaster on Corran and his father after guiding them into a mutual enemy's clutches. Thrawn, assumed to be a bounty hunter going with the money, exchanges threats with Corran, telling him that he'll "[[MultitaskedConversation seek you out and take care of you personally]]" and that ''he'' would be the only thing between Corran and freedom, even grabbing the cell bars and shaking them after Corran and his father are imprisoned. After Thrawn and the mutual enemy have left, Corran's father shows his son that the bar-shaking move was a cover, letting Thrawn stick a molecular stiletto -- think tiny lightsaber with a ''very'' fragile blade -- on the bar. "Taking care of you personally" meant that when they escaped and got back to him, Thrawn would be in a better tactical position to start shooting, and they'd be on the same side.

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** "Side Trip", a novella written by both TimothyZahn Creator/TimothyZahn and MichaelStackpole, Creator/MichaelStackpole, has Thrawn-in-Mandalorian-armor pull a blaster on Corran and his father after guiding them into a mutual enemy's clutches. Thrawn, assumed to be a bounty hunter going with the money, exchanges threats with Corran, telling him that he'll "[[MultitaskedConversation seek you out and take care of you personally]]" and that ''he'' would be the only thing between Corran and freedom, even grabbing the cell bars and shaking them after Corran and his father are imprisoned. After Thrawn and the mutual enemy have left, Corran's father shows his son that the bar-shaking move was a cover, letting Thrawn stick a molecular stiletto -- think tiny lightsaber with a ''very'' fragile blade -- on the bar. "Taking care of you personally" meant that when they escaped and got back to him, Thrawn would be in a better tactical position to start shooting, and they'd be on the same side.
19th Apr '17 8:51:44 PM AthenaBlue
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* ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe2'': In order to get into El Macho's lair to rescue Lucy, Gru has two of his remaining minions disguise themselves as [[spoiler:the BrainwashedAndCrazy purple minions (that El Macho kidnapped earlier)]], and make them pretend they captured him.
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'' Po and the Furious Five do this to infiltrate Shen's compound and try and destroy his cannon weapon. It works but Po's past trauma causes him to freeze up at a critical moment and end the operation in failure.



* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'' Po and the Furious Five do this to infiltrate Shen's compound and try and destroy his cannon weapon. It works but Po's past trauma causes him to freeze up at a critical moment and end the operation in failure.
* ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe2'': In order to get into El Macho's lair to rescue Lucy, Gru has two of his remaining minions disguise themselves as [[spoiler:the BrainwashedAndCrazy purple minions (that El Macho kidnapped earlier)]], and make them pretend they captured him.



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* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** In ''Film/ANewHope'' as Han and Luke pretend to be transporting their Wookiee "prisoner," Chewbacca. It's also a subversion, though, as the senior officer manning the detention center has some suspicion about not being notified about the transfer beforehand (due to the Empire being obvious stickler's for protocol and efficiency), forcing them to abandon the trick and orchestrate a "one-man prison revolt" to get rid of the guards and the security footage. [[FromBadToWorse The officer also managed to send out an emergency alert before being shot, leading to them facing an entire squad of stormtroopers]].
** 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 [=R2D2=] 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 [=R2D2=] and [=C3PO=] 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.
** Subverted in ''ComicBook/DarkEmpire'', where Palpatine abducts Luke, Luke hatches a plan to pretend to be Palpatine's apprentice and then kill him, but in the end, Luke himself goes over to the DarkSide only to be saved by Leia. In the end, Han kills Palpatine.
** This is parodied in ''ComicStrip/TwistedToyfareTheatre'', where ''every'' plan the group has seems to involve putting Chewbacca in binders for some reason.
* In ''Film/TheMask'', Jim Carrey's character gets a police officer to do this for him, at gunpoint.
* In ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'', Data uses this trick to get Picard onto the Reman warship ''Scimitar'' while pretending to be his own EvilTwin.
* Both ''Film/OceansTwelve'' and ''Film/OceansThirteen'' featured one of Linus Caldwell's parents stepping in to pull this off -- his mom in Twelve, his dad in Thirteen. Poor Linus. How can you be an effective high-stakes thief when your parents won't stop looking over your shoulder?
** Rusty does the same to Basher in ''Ocean's Eleven'', posing as an FBI agent to take him into custody before the LAPD can take him.
* In ''Film/SecondhandLions'', one of the stories told by the uncles featured this.
* In ''Film/TheProposition'', The Burns Gang infiltrates the police station by having Two-Bob put on full traditional Aboriginal dress and war paint while Sam and Arthur steal police uniforms and drag him into town as their prisoner.

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* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
**
In ''Film/ANewHope'' as Han and Luke pretend to be transporting their Wookiee "prisoner," Chewbacca. It's also a subversion, though, ''Film/TheATeam'', Murdock is disguised as the senior officer manning the detention center General by wearing a bag over his head, and [[spoiler: when Pike shoots him, it appears that he has some suspicion about not being notified about the transfer beforehand (due to the Empire being obvious stickler's for protocol and efficiency), forcing them to abandon the trick and orchestrate a "one-man prison revolt" to get rid of the guards and the security footage. [[FromBadToWorse The officer also managed to send out an emergency alert before being shot, leading to them facing an entire squad of stormtroopers]].
** 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,
died. Actually, 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 [=R2D2=] could deliver the lightsaber he had hidden inside him, ketchup packets and ''then'' make a surprise attack, and in the end, it worked perfectly.)
*** To summarize, this plan required first that [=R2D2=] and [=C3PO=] 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.
** Subverted in ''ComicBook/DarkEmpire'', where Palpatine abducts Luke, Luke hatches a plan to pretend to be Palpatine's apprentice and then kill him, but in the end, Luke himself goes over to the DarkSide only to be saved by Leia. In the end, Han kills Palpatine.
** This is parodied in ''ComicStrip/TwistedToyfareTheatre'', where ''every'' plan the group has seems to involve putting Chewbacca in binders for some reason.
* In ''Film/TheMask'', Jim Carrey's character gets a police officer to do this for him, at gunpoint.
* In ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'', Data uses this trick to get Picard onto the Reman warship ''Scimitar'' while pretending to be his own EvilTwin.
* Both ''Film/OceansTwelve'' and ''Film/OceansThirteen'' featured one of Linus Caldwell's parents stepping in to pull this off -- his mom in Twelve, his dad in Thirteen. Poor Linus. How can you be an effective high-stakes thief when your parents won't stop looking over your shoulder?
** Rusty does the same to Basher in ''Ocean's Eleven'', posing as an FBI agent to take him into custody before the LAPD can take him.
* In ''Film/SecondhandLions'', one of the stories told by the uncles featured this.
* In ''Film/TheProposition'', The Burns Gang infiltrates the police station by having Two-Bob put on full traditional Aboriginal dress and war paint while Sam and Arthur steal police uniforms and drag him into town as their prisoner.
explosive squibs.]]



* Played straight in ''Film/{{Windtalkers}}'' when [[spoiler: Ben Yahzee dresses up as a Japanese soldier and takes his "captive" Joe Enders into a Japanese camp in order to gain access to a working radio.]]
* In ''Film/TropicThunder'' the FiveManBand (sans leader) almost pull this off, but Lazarus is caught in a contradiction. MoreDakka ensues.
* In ''Film/FaceOff'', this kicks off the plot, when Archer takes Castor Troy's face as part of a black bag operation to infiltrate [[BackwardsName Erewhon Prison]] and get information on Castor's bomb from Pollux Troy. This would have worked out if Castor hadn't woken from his coma and taken Archer's face in reply.
* In ''Film/TopSecret'', Resistance members Chocolate Mousse and Deja Vu wear German army uniforms and march Nick Rivers ahead of them at gunpoint in order to infiltrate Fleurgendorf prison. There are two jokes: Chocolate Mousse is black (and all of the German soldiers are white), and as they're goosestepping, their boots fly off.
* In ''Film/TheATeam'', Murdock is disguised as the General by wearing a bag over his head, and [[spoiler: when Pike shoots him, it appears that he has died. Actually, it was ketchup packets and explosive squibs.]]
* In Disney's ''The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh'', the Scarecrow and his men [[DressingAsTheEnemy dress as a British Navy press gang]] in order to get a man out of prison.
* In ''Film/ForceTenFromNavarone'', Mallory and Barnsby get back into the Chetnik camp they had just escaped from by getting two partisans to disguise themselves as guards (The guards in question being two with allegedly burned faces covered with bandages, so facial recognition isn't an issue) and take them back in through the front gate as recaptured prisoners. They then rescue their still-captured medic and explosives expert (And the explosives expert's suitcase full of explosives).
* In the 2010 French thriller ''Point Blank'', a fugitive pretends to be a cop and leads his ally (also a fugitive) into a police station in handcuffs. This is the only way for them to enter the police station and retrieve a piece of [[CaughtOnTape exculpatory evidence]] without attracting notice.



** Done in the ''Film/TheDarkKnight''. After a surprisingly elaborate chase, the Joker is captured and sent to the cooler to be transported to Blackgate. However not only does he have a Plan B that results in Harvey and Rachel getting kidnapped and put in death traps. He implants a bomb in one of his henchmen, likewise has him arrested and taken to the G.C.P.D. After Batman and Gordan are busy trying to save Harvey and Rachel, he coaxes a fight with the guard looking over him, wins, holds the guard hostage then detonates the bomb. With the building in disarray, he's free and clear to capture Lau, his intended target, and escape.

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** Done in the ''Film/TheDarkKnight''. After a surprisingly elaborate chase, the Joker is captured and sent to the cooler to be transported to Blackgate. However not only does he have a Plan B that results in Harvey and Rachel getting kidnapped and put in death traps. He implants a bomb in one of his henchmen, likewise has him arrested and taken to the G.C.P.D. After Batman and Gordan Gordon are busy trying to save Harvey and Rachel, he coaxes a fight with the guard looking over him, wins, holds the guard hostage then detonates the bomb. With the building in disarray, he's free and clear to capture Lau, his intended target, and escape.



* In ''Film/FaceOff'', this kicks off the plot, when Archer takes Castor Troy's face as part of a black bag operation to infiltrate [[BackwardsName Erewhon Prison]] and get information on Castor's bomb from Pollux Troy. This would have worked out if Castor hadn't woken from his coma and taken Archer's face in reply.
* In ''Film/ForceTenFromNavarone'', Mallory and Barnsby get back into the Chetnik camp they had just escaped from by getting two partisans to disguise themselves as guards (The guards in question being two with allegedly burned faces covered with bandages, so facial recognition isn't an issue) and take them back in through the front gate as recaptured prisoners. They then rescue their still-captured medic and explosives expert (And the explosives expert's suitcase full of explosives).



* In ''Film/{{RIPD}}'' the BigBad does this to [[spoiler:steal the confiscated pieces of the Staff of Jericho from R.I.P.D. headquarters]].
* Hercules/Maciste (Ma-CHEE-Stay) may or may not pull this in ''Hercules Against The Moon Men''/''Maciste And The Queen of Samar'' when, during a botched rescue, he is seemingly subdued when the enemy soldiers do little more than throw a net over him, which he should have been able to easily break out of given that he can bend steel and kill monsters with his bare hands (as was pointed out in the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode that riffed the film). It is possible that once he realized he'd been duped he let the bad guys capture him so that he could play TheMole and learn the evil queen's true plans

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* In ''Film/{{RIPD}}'' the BigBad does this to [[spoiler:steal the confiscated pieces of the Staff of Jericho from R.I.P.D. headquarters]].
* Hercules/Maciste (Ma-CHEE-Stay) may or may not pull this in ''Hercules Against The Moon Men''/''Maciste And The Queen of Samar'' when, during a botched rescue, he is seemingly subdued when the enemy soldiers do little more than throw a net over him, which he should have been able to easily break out of given that he can bend steel and kill monsters with his bare hands (as was pointed out in the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode that riffed the film). It is possible that once he realized he'd been duped he let the bad guys capture him so that he could play TheMole and learn the evil queen's true plansplans.



** Done in the ''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.

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** Done in the ''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.



* Played with in ''Film/RioBravo''. The bad guys capture Creator/JohnWayne and threaten to kill a hostage if he doesn't cooperate, then walk into the jail with him posing as federal marshalls. The man left on guard isn't fooled however.

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* Played with in ''Film/RioBravo''. The bad guys capture Creator/JohnWayne and threaten In ''Film/TheMask'', Jim Carrey's character gets a police officer to kill a hostage if he doesn't cooperate, then walk into the jail with him posing as federal marshalls. The man left on guard isn't fooled however.do this for him, at gunpoint.



* Both ''Film/OceansTwelve'' and ''Film/OceansThirteen'' featured one of Linus Caldwell's parents stepping in to pull this off -- his mom in Twelve, his dad in Thirteen. Poor Linus. How can you be an effective high-stakes thief when your parents won't stop looking over your shoulder?
** Rusty does the same to Basher in ''Ocean's Eleven'', posing as an FBI agent to take him into custody before the LAPD can take him.
* In the 2010 French thriller ''Point Blank'', a fugitive pretends to be a cop and leads his ally (also a fugitive) into a police station in handcuffs. This is the only way for them to enter the police station and retrieve a piece of [[CaughtOnTape exculpatory evidence]] without attracting notice.
* In ''Film/TheProposition'', The Burns Gang infiltrates the police station by having Two-Bob put on full traditional Aboriginal dress and war paint while Sam and Arthur steal police uniforms and drag him into town as their prisoner.
* In ''Film/{{RIPD}}'' the BigBad does this to [[spoiler:steal the confiscated pieces of the Staff of Jericho from R.I.P.D. headquarters]].
* Played with in ''Film/RioBravo''. The bad guys capture Creator/JohnWayne and threaten to kill a hostage if he doesn't cooperate, then walk into the jail with him posing as federal marshals. The man left on guard isn't fooled however.
* In Disney's ''The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh'', the Scarecrow and his men [[DressingAsTheEnemy dress as a British Navy press gang]] in order to get a man out of prison.
%%* In ''Film/SecondhandLions'', one of the stories told by the uncles featured this.
* In ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'', Data uses this trick to get Picard onto the Reman warship ''Scimitar'' while pretending to be his own EvilTwin.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** ''Film/ANewHope'' provides the page image, as Han and Luke pretend to be transporting their Wookiee "prisoner", Chewbacca. It's also a subversion, though, as the senior officer manning the detention center has some suspicion about not being notified about the transfer beforehand (due to the Empire being obvious sticklers for protocol and efficiency), forcing them to abandon the trick and orchestrate a "one-man prison revolt" to get rid of the guards and the security footage. [[FromBadToWorse The officer also managed to send out an emergency alert before being shot, leading to them facing an entire squad of stormtroopers]].
** 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.
** Subverted in ''[[Franchise/StarWarsLegends Legends]]''[='=] ''ComicBook/DarkEmpire'', where Palpatine abducts Luke, Luke hatches a plan to pretend to be Palpatine's apprentice and then kill him, but in the end, Luke himself goes over to the DarkSide only to be saved by Leia. In the end, Han kills Palpatine.
** This is parodied in ''ComicStrip/TwistedToyfareTheatre'', where ''every'' plan the group has seems to involve putting Chewbacca in binders for some reason.
* In ''Film/TopSecret'', Resistance members Chocolate Mousse and Deja Vu wear German army uniforms and march Nick Rivers ahead of them at gunpoint in order to infiltrate Fleurgendorf prison. There are two jokes: Chocolate Mousse is black (and all of the German soldiers are white), and as they're goosestepping, their boots fly off.
* In ''Film/TropicThunder'' the FiveManBand (sans leader) almost pull this off, but Lazarus is caught in a contradiction. MoreDakka ensues.
* Played straight in ''Film/{{Windtalkers}}'' when [[spoiler: Ben Yahzee dresses up as a Japanese soldier and takes his "captive" Joe Enders into a Japanese camp in order to gain access to a working radio.]]






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* Done in an arc of ''Webcomic/GeneralProtectionFault'' involving an alternate dimension populated with EvilTwin (or sometimes Good Twin) counterparts of the cast. Fooker explains the plan to his teammates as "[[Franchise/StarWars Aren't you a little short for a stormtrooper?]]"
* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', Agatha uses this method to get into Castle Heterodyne.



* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', Agatha uses this method to get into Castle Heterodyne.
* Done in an arc of ''Webcomic/GeneralProtectionFault'' involving an alternate dimension populated with EvilTwin (or sometimes Good Twin) counterparts of the cast. Fooker explains the plan to his teammates as "[[StarWars Aren't you a little short for a stormtrooper?]]"



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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' "A Clone of My Own", Fry is brought into the "Near Death Star" as an escaped prisoner.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' In the ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'' episode "A Clone of My Own", Fry is brought into Sultan Worth His Salt", Aladdin allows himself to be captured by the "Near Death Star" [[AmazonBrigade Galafems]] during a rescue mission to save Jasmine. While the Galafem queen and her troops interrogate Aladdin, Genie and the Sultan infiltrate the island, [[BoundAndGagged tie up and gag]] the queen's sentries, and ultimately save the day.
* Played with repeatedly during the Boiling Rock episodes of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''.
** And in the Season 1 episode ''Imprisoned'', they visit an Earth village that was taken over by the Fire Nation. Katara pretends to be an Earthbender in order to be taken to the prison ship in which the Fire Nation put all of the other Earthbenders, in order to free one of their friends who was captured.
** And in "The Runaway" episode: Katara pretends to turn Toph in to the authorities to collect the sizable reward money, with the intention that Toph will simply metalbend her way out of jail. [[spoiler:It doesn't exactly go
as an escaped prisoner.planned.]]
* 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.
** Similarly, Rattrap's defection. It was a ploy to find out how the Predacons were intercepting Maximal communications so easily. Turns out they had stolen a Maximal decoder chip, which Rattrap was now in a perfect position to recover.



* In the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' episode "Titans Together", Jericho takes possession of Cinderblock and pretends that Pantha, Mas and Herald are his captives. [[spoiler: He botches it when he speaks through Cinderblock, who up to this point would only grunt and roar]].
* Wolverine and Beast do this in ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen'', Logan even referring to Beast as "Chewie".

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' "A Clone of My Own", Fry is brought into the "Near Death Star" as an escaped prisoner.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' episode "Titans Together", Jericho takes possession of Cinderblock and pretends "Two To Tutor", the "police helicopter" that Pantha, Mas picks up Shego and Herald are his captives. [[spoiler: He botches it when he speaks through Cinderblock, who up Señor Senior Junior turns out to this point would only grunt and roar]].
* Wolverine and Beast do this in ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen'', Logan even referring to Beast as "Chewie".
be a fake piloted by Señor Senior Senior.



* 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.
** Similarly, Rattrap's defection. It was a ploy to find out how the Predacons were intercepting Maximal communications so easily. Turns out they had stolen a Maximal decoder chip, which Rattrap was now in a perfect position to recover.
* Played with repeatedly during the Boiling Rock episodes of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''.
** And in the Season 1 episode ''Imprisoned'', they visit an Earth village that was taken over by the Fire Nation. Katara pretends to be an Earthbender in order to be taken to the prison ship in which the Fire Nation put all of the other Earthbenders, in order to free one of their friends who was captured.
** And in "The Runaway" episode: Katara pretends to turn Toph in to the authorities to collect the sizable reward money, with the intention that Toph will simply metalbend her way out of jail. [[spoiler:It doesn't exactly go as planned.]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' episode "Two To Tutor", the "police helicopter" that picks up Shego and Señor Senior Junior turns out to be a fake piloted by Señor Senior Senior.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'' episode "A Sultan Worth His Salt", Aladdin allows himself to be captured by the [[AmazonBrigade Galafems]] during a rescue mission to save Jasmine. While the Galafem queen and her troops interrogate Aladdin, Genie and the Sultan infiltrate the island, [[BoundAndGagged tie up and gag]] the queen's sentries, and ultimately save the day.
* Used heavily in the ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' episode "Terrors", where Superboy and Miss Martian disguise themselves as supervillains and allow themselves to be "arrested" by the [[JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justice League]]. While in Belle Reve prison, they foil an attempted breakout and save the day.

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* Combined with ISurrenderSuckers in ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''; ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': In order [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E15ThroughImperialEyes "Through Imperial Eyes"]], as part of a plan to combat rescue the return of ReverseMole, whose cover 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, rebels believe has been compromised, Ezra disguises himself as a bounty hunter and locks the Maximal and their leader Optimus in the brig as leverage while ordering the rest lets himself get captured attempting to attack the Predacons. Turns out, though, that's exactly what the Maximals wanted, as it puts the two "prisoners" in steal a perfect position to retake the base.
** Similarly, Rattrap's defection. It was a ploy to find out how the Predacons were intercepting Maximal communications so easily. Turns out they had stolen a Maximal decoder chip, which Rattrap was now in a perfect position to recover.
* Played with repeatedly during the Boiling Rock episodes of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''.
** And in the Season 1 episode ''Imprisoned'', they visit an Earth village that was taken over by the Fire Nation. Katara pretends to be an Earthbender in order to
ship, knowing he'll be taken to the prison ship in which cruiser where the Fire Nation put all of the other Earthbenders, in order to free one of their friends who was captured.
** And in "The Runaway" episode: Katara pretends to turn Toph in to the authorities to collect the sizable reward money, with the intention that Toph will simply metalbend her way out of jail. [[spoiler:It doesn't exactly
ReverseMole is, and he can arrange a rescue from there. Things don't go quite as planned.]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' episode "Two To Tutor", the "police helicopter" that picks up Shego and Señor Senior Junior turns out to be a fake piloted by Señor Senior Senior.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'' episode "A Sultan Worth His Salt", Aladdin allows himself to be captured by the [[AmazonBrigade Galafems]] during a rescue mission to save Jasmine. While the Galafem queen and her troops interrogate Aladdin, Genie and the Sultan infiltrate the island, [[BoundAndGagged tie up and gag]] the queen's sentries, and ultimately save the day.
* Used heavily in the ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' episode "Terrors", where Superboy and Miss Martian disguise themselves as supervillains and allow themselves to be "arrested" by the [[JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justice League]]. While in Belle Reve prison, they foil an attempted breakout and save the day.



* In the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' episode "Titans Together", Jericho takes possession of Cinderblock and pretends that Pantha, Mas and Herald are his captives. [[spoiler: He botches it when he speaks through Cinderblock, who up to this point would only grunt and roar]].
* Wolverine and Beast do this in ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen'', Logan even referring to Beast as "Chewie".
* Used heavily in the ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' episode "Terrors", where Superboy and Miss Martian disguise themselves as supervillains and allow themselves to be "arrested" by the [[JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justice League]]. While in Belle Reve prison, they foil an attempted breakout and save the day.



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** The Doctor and Romana allow Count Scarlioni to take them and Duggan prisoner (much to Duggan's chagrin) in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E2CityOfDeath City of Death]]", so the Doctor can learn more about Scarlioni's plan. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in that Scarlioni is more GenreSavvy than the average ''Series/DoctorWho'' villain.

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** The Doctor and Romana allow Count Scarlioni to take them and Duggan prisoner (much to Duggan's chagrin) in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E2CityOfDeath City of Death]]", so the Doctor can learn more about Scarlioni's plan. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in that as Scarlioni is more GenreSavvy was smarter than the average ''Series/DoctorWho'' villain.
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