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7th Mar '16 1:01:25 PM foxley
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* ''ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey'': The "Apokolips Express" kicks off when oracle gets a tip-off that there is a planned breakout from a train transporting meathuman prisoners to [[TheAlcatraz The Slab]]. The breakout happens... by teleporting the train to another planet!

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* ''ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey'': The "Apokolips Express" kicks off when oracle gets a tip-off that there is a planned breakout from a train transporting meathuman metahuman prisoners to [[TheAlcatraz The Slab]]. The breakout happens... by teleporting the train to another planet!planet!
* In ''DK III: The Master Race'' #2, Carrie arranges for the convoy transporting her to hit by a remote-controlled tank, allowing her to escape.
25th Jul '15 6:52:01 AM DanielOlive
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* This is the reason why category A prisoners in the UK are moved between prison and court with armed police escorts.
18th Jul '15 1:32:27 AM foxley
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* ''ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey'': The "Apokolips Express" kicks off when oracle gets a tip-off that there is a planned breakout from a train transporting meathuman prisoners to [[TheAlcatraz The Slab]]. The breakout happens... by teleporting the train to another planet!



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* In ''{{Numb3rs}}'', Colby escapes his convoy with his cuff partner ridiculously easily. [[spoiler:Is it really that easy to smuggle a key in and shoot your guard? Really?]]
* ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]'':
** At the end of season 5, this is how [[spoiler:Bierko]] escapes. Also at the end of season 8, the ambulance convoy carrying [[spoiler:Jack Bauer]], who was shot, gets attacked by a team sent to drag him to a remote area to execute him.
** ''24'' uses it straight but also [[DoubleSubversion double subverts]] it during Season 8. Jack sends an ambulance carrying a captured villain to an hospital for treatment and interrogation, expecting that the villain's business partners will attack it to kill him and prevent him from talking to CTU. Unknown to them the villain is already dead and the ambulance is sent as a mobile bait. However, thinking that they are safer attacking the hospital once the villain is carried there, the partners leave the ambulance alone.
* Done in an early episode of ''Series/TheShield'', with a van transporting evidence rather than one transporting prisoners. The catch: the attackers are none other than [[spoiler:the [[CorruptCop Strike Team]], launching a last ditch effort to get rid of evidence ''[[NiceJobBreakingItHero they planted]]'' that would've sent an innocent man to jail.]]
* In one episode of ''Series/{{Castle}}'', they set up a prisoner transport with a decoy prisoner in order to catch a contract killer. [[spoiler:The cops are forced to shoot the killer before they can capture him.]]
* Several ''Series/DoctorWho'' stories have attacks on UNIT convoys, usually transporting dangerous technology, including "The Ambassadors of Death" (space capsule containing alien visitors), "The Mind of Evil" (decommissioned nuclear missile), and "The Time Monster" (reinforcements). In "Battlefield", for a change, the convoy (transporting another decommissioned nuclear missile) just gets bogged down due to bad weather -- and ''then'' the villains discover it and attack.
* An episode of ''Series/ThePretender'' starts with a news report of this, which kidnapped the key witness in a mafia trial. The attack was planned by Jarod himself, who was told the aim was to rescue prisoners in a war.
* On ''Series/StrikeBack'' Stonebridge and Scott are escorting a van transporting a prisoner when the van is blown up. [[spoiler:They were GenreSavvy enough to put the prisoner in the trunk of their car instead]]
* This is used multiple times on ''Series/BurnNotice'' though it is usually subverted. In one episode the team attacks a prisoner transport van to free a gangster's brother but the van and the guards are fake and they are trying to trick the gangster into releasing the hostage he is holding. Another time Micheal pretends to be a fellow prisoner that helps a mobster escape during transport so the mobster can lead them to where his boss is hiding.
* ''Series/{{Gotham}}'': In "Harvey Dent", the Russians break Ian Hargrove out of custody by attacking the van being used to transport him from Blackgate to St. Mark's Psychiatric Hospital.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In ''{{Numb3rs}}'', Colby escapes his convoy with his cuff partner ridiculously easily. [[spoiler:Is it really that easy to smuggle a key in and shoot your guard? Really?]]
* ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]'':
** At the end of season 5, this is how [[spoiler:Bierko]] escapes. Also at the end of season 8, the ambulance convoy carrying [[spoiler:Jack Bauer]], who was shot, gets attacked by a team sent to drag him to a remote area to execute him.
** ''24'' uses it straight but also [[DoubleSubversion double subverts]] it during Season 8. Jack sends an ambulance carrying a captured villain to an hospital for treatment and interrogation, expecting that the villain's business partners will attack it to kill him and prevent him from talking to CTU. Unknown to them the villain is already dead and the ambulance is sent as a mobile bait. However, thinking that they are safer attacking the hospital once the villain is carried there, the partners leave the ambulance alone.
* Done in an early episode of ''Series/TheShield'', with a van transporting evidence rather than one transporting prisoners. The catch: the attackers are none other than [[spoiler:the [[CorruptCop Strike Team]], launching a last ditch effort to get rid of evidence ''[[NiceJobBreakingItHero they planted]]'' that would've sent an innocent man to jail.]]
* In one episode of ''Series/{{Castle}}'', they set up a prisoner transport with a decoy prisoner in order to catch a contract killer. [[spoiler:The cops are forced to shoot the killer before they can capture him.]]
* Several ''Series/DoctorWho'' stories have attacks on UNIT convoys, usually transporting dangerous technology, including "The Ambassadors of Death" (space capsule containing alien visitors), "The Mind of Evil" (decommissioned nuclear missile), and "The Time Monster" (reinforcements). In "Battlefield", for a change, the convoy (transporting another decommissioned nuclear missile) just gets bogged down due to bad weather -- and ''then'' the villains discover it and attack.
* An episode of ''Series/ThePretender'' starts with a news report of this, which kidnapped the key witness in a mafia trial. The attack was planned by Jarod himself, who was told the aim was to rescue prisoners in a war.
* On ''Series/StrikeBack'' Stonebridge and Scott are escorting a van transporting a prisoner when the van is blown up. [[spoiler:They were GenreSavvy enough to put the prisoner in the trunk of their car instead]]
* This is used multiple times on ''Series/BurnNotice'' though it is usually subverted. In one episode the team attacks a prisoner transport van to free a gangster's brother but the van and the guards are fake and they are trying to trick the gangster into releasing the hostage he is holding. Another time Micheal pretends to be a fellow prisoner that helps a mobster escape during transport so the mobster can lead them to where his boss is hiding.
* ''Series/{{Gotham}}'': In "Harvey Dent", the Russians break Ian Hargrove out of custody by attacking the van being used to transport him from Blackgate to St. Mark's Psychiatric Hospital.
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17th May '15 4:16:05 AM foxley
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* ''Series/{{Gotham}}'': In "Harvey Dent", the Russians break Ian Hargrove out of custody by attacking the van being used to transport him from Blackgate to St. Mark's Psychiatric Hospital.
13th Apr '15 1:56:09 AM Stealth
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* In ''VideoGame/FarCry2'', the weapons dealers ask the player to destroy convoys driven by their business rivals so that news weapons are unlocked. Strangely, the convoys never actually go anywhere, as they are alway endlessly driving around in a circle.

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* In ''VideoGame/FarCry2'', the weapons dealers ask the player to destroy convoys driven by their business rivals so that news weapons are unlocked. Strangely, the convoys never actually go anywhere, as they are alway endlessly driving around in a circle. Bizarrely, they are also ''completely empty'', which means that someone in your information chain is either screwing up big time or having one over on you.
18th Mar '15 2:56:25 PM Underachiever
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* Likewise at sea, especially during WorldWarII and anywhere that there were pirates. After several years of the military refusing consider the EscortMission, it finally became clear that it was necessary. As such, there were entire classes of ships that were designed to be "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Escort_aircraft_carrier escorts]]". These tended to be built on the ZergRush principle: small and cheap individually, but meant to match U-boat "wolfpack" submarines one on one or surround and delay dreadnoughts until the convoy could get out of range. Of course, serving in one was the classic EscortMission: not only were you escorting not one but a flock of merchant ships that couldn't take a hit and were likely to do something panicky and stupid when the shooting started, but you were doing it in a ship that was pathetically underpowered and undergunned compared to what you thought you were signing up for.

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* Likewise Zigzagged at sea, especially during WorldWarII and anywhere that there were pirates. After several years of the military refusing consider the EscortMission, it finally became clear that it was necessary. As such, there were entire classes of ships that were designed where convoy tactics generally do serve to be "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Escort_aircraft_carrier escorts]]". These tended make shipping less vulnerable to be built on the ZergRush principle: small and cheap individually, but meant to match U-boat "wolfpack" submarines one on one or surround and delay dreadnoughts until attack because the convoy could get isn't much easier to spot than a single ship out on the open seas and both escorts and escortees can more easily support each other both in and out of range. combat than if they were individually scattered over a larger area. Of course, serving in one was this can then make convoys ''look'' vulnerable because if the classic EscortMission: not only were you escorting not one but a flock of merchant ships tactic is heavily used there won't be many non-convoys around anymore in the first place...and because would-be enemy attack missions that couldn't take never found a hit and were likely to do something panicky and stupid when target (a sign of the shooting started, but you were doing it tactic ''working'', in a ship that was pathetically underpowered and undergunned compared other words) tend to what you thought you were signing up for.go mostly unnoticed by definition.
8th Feb '15 10:47:57 AM erforce
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* ''Film/MissionImpossible III'': the big bad has just been arrested, so naturally his convoy is attacked and he gets away.

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* ''Film/MissionImpossible III'': ''Film/MissionImpossibleIII'': the big bad has just been arrested, so naturally his convoy is attacked and he gets away.
6th Jan '15 7:00:43 AM GnomeTitan
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* In the Creator/PamGrier movie ''Film/BlackMamaWhiteMama'', a prison convoy transporting Lee (Grier's character) and Karen, an American woman helping the native freedom fighters is attacked by the guerillas in an attempt to free Karen. The attack is repulsed when police reinforcements arrive, but Lee and Karen manage to escape, still manacled together.
1st Jan '15 4:51:54 PM megarockman
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* ''RedFaction''. Guerrilla spawns EDF convoys and sure enough the player is expected to destroy them before they reach their destination.

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* ''RedFaction''. Guerrilla ''VideoGame/RedFaction Guerrilla'' spawns EDF convoys and sure enough the player is expected to destroy or hijack them before they reach their destination.
25th Dec '14 5:16:58 PM Nopperabo
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* In the SNES version of the ''{{Area 88}}'' shoot-em-up game (''UN Squadron'' Stateside), enemy supply convoys are a source of easy money (and extra lives for the patient).

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* In the SNES version of the ''{{Area ''Manga/{{Area 88}}'' shoot-em-up game (''UN Squadron'' Stateside), enemy supply convoys are a source of easy money (and extra lives for the patient).
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