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24th May '16 1:29:38 AM erforce
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* In ''Force 10 From Navarone'', 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).

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* In ''Force 10 From Navarone'', ''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).
19th May '16 8:27:37 PM nombretomado
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* Variant from ''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.

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* Variant from ''MyNameIsEarl''.''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.
13th May '16 6:37:18 PM Ambaryerno
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* A variation in ''[[Comicbook/{{X 23}} X-23: Target X]]'': Comicbook/TheKingpin is engaged in a MobWar with a rival gangster named Fade, and hires the Facility to deal with him when his own men can't. In order to get an assassin close enough, Fisk feeds information via a mole in his organization about his beloved niece, "Samantha," whom Fade then abducts. However "Samantha" is actually X-23. And Fade was planted with a trigger scent-laced letter...
17th Apr '16 11:43:45 PM foxley
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* ''Series/TheNewAvengers'': Steed and Purdey pull this trick to inflitrate Soo Choy's base in "Trap".
2nd Apr '16 9:37:04 AM JackG
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* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. Showing extraordinary confidence in the ability of Shaw and the Machine to protect her, Root lets herself by black-hooded and dragged off to a CIA BlackSite for interrogation, [[GetIntoJailFree in order to free another prisoner there]].

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* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. Showing extraordinary confidence in the ability of Shaw and the Machine to protect her, Root lets herself by black-hooded be [[BlindfoldedTrip black-hooded]] and dragged off to a CIA BlackSite for interrogation, [[GetIntoJailFree in order to free another prisoner there]].
2nd Apr '16 9:35:58 AM JackG
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* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. Showing extraordinary confidence in the ability of Shaw and the Machine to protect her, Root lets herself by black-hooded and dragged off to a CIA BlackSite for interrogation, [[GetIntoJailFree in order to free another prisoner there]].
28th Mar '16 8:30:12 PM kawaiineko333
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* One issue of ''ComicBook/ThePunisher'' has Frank allow himself be captured by a gang to lure out a reclusive gang boss so he can take him out.
8th Mar '16 2:53:57 AM bwburke94
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* Used to get Byers and Bond out of prison in ''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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* Used to get Byers and Bond out of prison in ''TheLoneGunmen'' ''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.
14th Jan '16 10:32:37 AM erforce
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->'''CIA:''' "Was getting caught part of your plan?"\\
'''Bane:''' "Of course!"

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->'''CIA:''' "Was Was getting caught part of your plan?"\\
plan?\\
'''Bane:''' "Of course!"Of course!



* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', during the Impel Down riot, Mr.2 does this with Buggy and Mr. 3. They get past Magellan and then manage to reach Level 5 (in order to save a captured and poisoned Luffy) thanks to Mr.2's ability to change his aspect. He disguises as Hannyabal and then takes the other two with him as his prisoners.

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* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', during the Impel Down riot, Mr.2 does this with Buggy and Mr. 3. They get past Magellan and then manage to reach Level 5 (in order to save a captured and poisoned Luffy) thanks to Mr. 2's ability to change his aspect. He disguises as Hannyabal and then takes the other two with him as his prisoners.



* Both ''[[OceansEleven Ocean's Twelve]]'' and ''Ocean's Thirteen'' 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?

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* Both ''[[OceansEleven Ocean's Twelve]]'' ''Film/OceansTwelve'' and ''Ocean's Thirteen'' ''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?



* In ''SecondhandLions'', one of the stories told by the uncles featured this.
* In ''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.
* ''BloodDiamond'', although it lasts about twenty seconds, (just long enough for the soldiers to lower their guard and the "prisoner" [[JustShootHim to shoot them]]) and is done to cross a bridge.

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* In ''SecondhandLions'', ''Film/SecondhandLions'', one of the stories told by the uncles featured this.
* In ''TheProposition'', ''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.
* ''BloodDiamond'', ''Film/BloodDiamond'', although it lasts about twenty seconds, (just long enough for the soldiers to lower their guard and the "prisoner" [[JustShootHim to shoot them]]) and is done to cross a bridge.



* In ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', Bane and two of his mercenaries let themselves get captured so he can find out exactly who Dr. Pavel made a deal with instead of him. That soldier who informs the CIA agent that the hooded prisoners worked for Bane? It might take a second viewing of the film to realize that he is Bane's right-hand sniper, Barsad, posing as a Uzbekistan militant.
** Later, when Bruce returns to Gotham, this is the method through which he gets to Fox, who can help him reach his backup Batsuit. First, he enlists Selina Kyle by appealing to her better nature and offering her the Clean Slate program (it is hinted that a Trojan Prisoner ploy will be used when Bruce tells her "I need you to find out where they're holding him [Fox], then take me in"). The steps after that are simple: Bruce lets himself get captured by Bane's men, who put a bag over his head and take him to the holding tank where Lucius Fox and Miranda Tate are being held. After he is deposited, Selina comes down and tells the mercenaries that Bane wants Bruce and Fox isolated from the others. They are led upstairs with a few mercenaries, and once out of sight from anyone else, she uses her CombatStilettos to knock out the mercenaries and unlocks Fox's handcuffs:
-->'''Lucius Fox:''' I like your new girlfriend, Mr. Wayne!
-->'''Selina Kyle:''' He should be so lucky.
** Also 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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* In ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', Bane and two of his mercenaries let themselves get captured so he can find out exactly who Dr. Pavel made a deal with instead of him. That soldier who informs the CIA agent that the hooded prisoners worked for Bane? It might take a second viewing of the film to realize that he is Bane's right-hand sniper, Barsad, posing as a Uzbekistan militant.
''Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy''
** Later, when Bruce returns to Gotham, this is the method through which he gets to Fox, who can help him reach his backup Batsuit. First, he enlists Selina Kyle by appealing to her better nature and offering her the Clean Slate program (it is hinted that a Trojan Prisoner ploy will be used when Bruce tells her "I need you to find out where they're holding him [Fox], then take me in"). The steps after that are simple: Bruce lets himself get captured by Bane's men, who put a bag over his head and take him to the holding tank where Lucius Fox and Miranda Tate are being held. After he is deposited, Selina comes down and tells the mercenaries that Bane wants Bruce and Fox isolated from the others. They are led upstairs with a few mercenaries, and once out of sight from anyone else, she uses her CombatStilettos to knock out the mercenaries and unlocks Fox's handcuffs:
-->'''Lucius Fox:''' I like your new girlfriend, Mr. Wayne!
-->'''Selina Kyle:''' He should be so lucky.
** Also done
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.



** In ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', Bane and two of his mercenaries let themselves get captured so he can find out exactly who Dr. Pavel made a deal with instead of him. That soldier who informs the CIA agent that the hooded prisoners worked for Bane? It might take a second viewing of the film to realize that he is Bane's right-hand sniper, Barsad, posing as a Uzbekistan militant.
*** Later, when Bruce returns to Gotham, this is the method through which he gets to Fox, who can help him reach his backup Batsuit. First, he enlists Selina Kyle by appealing to her better nature and offering her the Clean Slate program (it is hinted that a Trojan Prisoner ploy will be used when Bruce tells her "I need you to find out where they're holding him [Fox], then take me in"). The steps after that are simple: Bruce lets himself get captured by Bane's men, who put a bag over his head and take him to the holding tank where Lucius Fox and Miranda Tate are being held. After he is deposited, Selina comes down and tells the mercenaries that Bane wants Bruce and Fox isolated from the others. They are led upstairs with a few mercenaries, and once out of sight from anyone else, she uses her CombatStilettos to knock out the mercenaries and unlocks Fox's handcuffs:
--->'''Lucius Fox:''' I like your new girlfriend, Mr. Wayne!
--->'''Selina Kyle:''' He should be so lucky.



* Done in the ''Film/TheAvengers'' 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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* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse''
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Done in the ''Film/TheAvengers'' ''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.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.



* 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.



* ''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...

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* ''TreasureIsland'': ''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...



* Magnificently subverted in Terry Pratchett's very first novel, ''TheCarpetPeople''.

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* Magnificently subverted in Terry Pratchett's very first novel, ''TheCarpetPeople''.''Literature/TheCarpetPeople''.



* Chase, of the ''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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* Chase, of the ''SwordOfTruth'' ''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 the ''Literature/XWingSeries'' novels, part of the plan to retake Coruscant from the Empire is to [[BoxedCrook take dangerous criminals]], a significant part of the intergalactic crime syndicate Black Sun, from the prison world Kessel, then smuggle them to Coruscant where they will cause havok and distract Imperial forces. Unfortunately, some of those criminals still have Imperial ties.

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* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends''
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In the ''Literature/XWingSeries'' novels, part of the plan to retake Coruscant from the Empire is to [[BoxedCrook take dangerous criminals]], a significant part of the intergalactic crime syndicate Black Sun, from the prison world Kessel, then smuggle them to Coruscant where they will cause havok and distract Imperial forces. Unfortunately, some of those criminals still have Imperial ties.



** "[[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse 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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** "[[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Side Trip]]", "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.




* Used in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood'', by faking the capture and delivery of Bartolomeo d'Alviano to the French, in order for Ezio to get close and assassinate the Baron de Valois. Bartolomeo's captors are all his own troops (and Ezio) wearing stolen French uniforms.
* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'' has this as a gameplay mechanic. Connor can summon Assassins disguised as Redcoats to take him "prisoner" and march him into heavily fortified locations.
* A villainous example: The intro of ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'' has Batman dragging SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker off to Arkham after thwarting a hostage situation that involved the Mayor that was instigated by the latter, noting that it was suspiciously easy this time around. Turns out, he's right and it was all part of the Joker's plan to take over the madhouse. Turns out that when you take an insane person to the asylum, you're just taking him home.
* In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'', Deadshot is smuggled into the city by pretending to be an ordinary Blackgate prisoner. He was part of Hugo Strange's plan to exterminate the city.

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Used in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood'', by faking the capture and delivery of Bartolomeo d'Alviano to the French, in order for Ezio to get close and assassinate the Baron de Valois. Bartolomeo's captors are all his own troops (and Ezio) wearing stolen French uniforms.
* ** ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'' has this as a gameplay mechanic. Connor can summon Assassins disguised as Redcoats to take him "prisoner" and march him into heavily fortified locations.
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries''
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A villainous example: The intro of ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'' has Batman dragging SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker off to Arkham after thwarting a hostage situation that involved the Mayor that was instigated by the latter, noting that it was suspiciously easy this time around. Turns out, he's right and it was all part of the Joker's plan to take over the madhouse. Turns out that when you take an insane person to the asylum, you're just taking him home.
* ** In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'', Deadshot is smuggled into the city by pretending to be an ordinary Blackgate prisoner. He was part of Hugo Strange's plan to exterminate the city.



* One mission in ''GuildWars Nightfall'' involves DressingAsTheEnemy to infiltrate Varesh Ossa's base. If you bring your centaur companion, who can't ("You may be able to dress as Kournans, two-legs, but what am I supposed to be, your mascot?"), guess what you do with him. (Complete with dialogue straight out of ''StarWars''!)

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* One mission in ''GuildWars ''VideoGame/GuildWars: Nightfall'' involves DressingAsTheEnemy to infiltrate Varesh Ossa's base. If you bring your centaur companion, who can't ("You may be able to dress as Kournans, two-legs, but what am I supposed to be, your mascot?"), guess what you do with him. (Complete with dialogue straight out of ''StarWars''!)''Franchise/StarWars''!)



* Happens in ''TearsToTiara'' with [[LadyOfWar Octavia]], a former imperial officer, with Morgan as the fake prisoner. It would have worked, if it weren't for the fact that the unit that Octavia associated herself with was known to have been destroyed a long time ago.
* Happens again in the sequel ''[[VideoGame/TearstoTiara2 Tears to Tiara 2]]'', where [[TheHero Hamil]] orders the assault force to take the main characters prisoner before the bridge at Eburon in order to infiltrate the imperial base. With a small dose of WoundedGazelleGambit.

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* ''Tears to Tiara''
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Happens in ''TearsToTiara'' ''VisualNovel/TearsToTiara'' with [[LadyOfWar Octavia]], a former imperial officer, with Morgan as the fake prisoner. It would have worked, if it weren't for the fact that the unit that Octavia associated herself with was known to have been destroyed a long time ago.
* ** Happens again in the sequel ''[[VideoGame/TearstoTiara2 Tears to Tiara 2]]'', where [[TheHero Hamil]] orders the assault force to take the main characters prisoner before the bridge at Eburon in order to infiltrate the imperial base. With a small dose of WoundedGazelleGambit.



* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoII'': The "Alma Mater Return" mission revolves around intentionally going to prison, stealing a guard uniform, and sparking a riot.
* This is the focus of one of the online heists in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV''. Two of the heist crew members are brought into a penitentiary as a "guard" and "prisoner", in order to bust out a prisoner needed for the next heist.

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* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto''
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''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoII'': The "Alma Mater Return" mission revolves around intentionally going to prison, stealing a guard uniform, and sparking a riot.
* ** This is the focus of one of the online heists in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV''. Two of the heist crew members are brought into a penitentiary as a "guard" and "prisoner", in order to bust out a prisoner needed for the next heist.
















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** This is parodied in ''TwistedToyfareTheater'', where ''every'' plan the group has seems to involve putting Chewbacca in binders for some reason.

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** This is parodied in ''TwistedToyfareTheater'', ''ComicStrip/TwistedToyfareTheatre'', where ''every'' plan the group has seems to involve putting Chewbacca in binders for some reason.
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