History Series / PrisonBreak

21st Sep '16 8:12:19 AM Morgenthaler
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* DeathRow: Lincoln Burrows is on Death Row after being framed for the murder of the Vice President's brother. His brother Michael Scofield allows himself to be incarcerated in another section of the same prison to mount an escape. The scheduled execution is at one point actually ''almost carried out'' before it's postponed by a call from the Governor when Lincoln is literally sitting in the chair.
30th Aug '16 2:46:28 AM IncredibleFulk1
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** Caroline Reynolds is by far the only one who walked away without any comeuppance. While it's shown that she was pawn of The Company, it was heavily implied that she was a major wild card by going against The Company plans such as poisoning the previous President. While she stepped down from being President after being threatened by Michael [[spoiler:with exposing her incest]], she got the laugh by going back on her word that she would give a presidential pardon to the brothers. After that, she is never seen or mentioned again. Though many fans speculate that she may have been arrested after Kellerman publicly exposes The Company at the end of Season 2, it's never shown or even implied.
8th Aug '16 11:39:34 PM shamblingdead2
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* ScaryBlackMan: Wyatt and C-Note.

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* ScaryBlackMan: Wyatt and C-Note. Lechero in Season 3.


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* SofterAndSlowerCover : Season 3 ends with a slower, Spanish-language cover of Creator/RoyOrbison 's "Crying."
17th Jun '16 12:05:37 PM Taskmaster123
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** This is combined with IdiotBall on the part of the guards on countless occasions. Inmates in Fox River are shown to have shivs concealed in their bibles, under the toilet seats, etc. In reality prison guards know all about these hiding places and check them often. Trying to hollow out a space in your bible to conceal a shiv is a waste of time.
26th Feb '16 6:00:46 PM UptownSurfer
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* BungledSuicide: [[spoiler: Kellerman tries to kill himself, but the gun jams.]]



* InterruptedSuicide: [[spoiler: C-Note and Kellerman.]]

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* InterruptedSuicide: InterruptedSuicide:
**[[spoiler: C-Note tries to kill himself because he's being blackmailed by Mahone, but the prison guards save him in time.]]
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[[spoiler: C-Note and Kellerman.Bellick was going to kill himself, but his mother (who doesn't know) tells him about the Fox River 8 rewards, so he decides to chase them instead.]]
20th Feb '16 5:02:44 PM UptownSurfer
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** {{Invoked}} by C-Note when he and Sucre [[ColdBloodedTorture hang him upside down]] to obtain the location of the General (a technique he learned during his time in Iraq).
---> '''C-Note''': In two minutes, your eyeballs are gonna pop out of your head. Now that's worse than death.

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** {{Invoked}} Invoked and discussed by C-Note when he and Sucre [[ColdBloodedTorture hang him T-Bag upside down]] to obtain the location of the General (a technique he learned during his time in Iraq).
---> '''C-Note''': In two minutes, [[ToThePain your eyeballs are gonna pop out of your head.head]]. Now that's worse than death.



* KillHimAlready: There's no reason why they leave T-Bag alive in the first season. Or the second. Or the third. Or the fourth. Then there's Don Self, the General, [[spoiler: Christina Rose]], and others. Combines with ThirdActStupidity.
** {{Zig Zagged}} with Gretchen.

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* KillHimAlready: There's no reason why they leave T-Bag alive in the first season. Or the second. Or the third. Or the fourth. Then there's Don Self, the General, [[spoiler: Christina Rose]], and others. Combines with ThirdActStupidity.
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{{Zig Zagged}} with Gretchen.



* NeverGoingBackToPrison: Several escapees make this vow. Averted for Michael, who tells Whistler in Sona that he was willing to stay there to pay for his sins; Tweener, who decides to go back to prison instead of ratting on the others; and C-Note, who also turns himself in after his wife gets arrested.

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* NeverGoingBackToPrison: Several escapees make NeverGoingBackToPrison:
** Abruzzi makes
this vow. He tells his wife he'd rather die than go back to prison.
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Averted for Michael, who tells Whistler in Sona that he was willing to stay there to pay for his sins; Tweener, who decides to go back to prison instead of ratting on the others; and C-Note, who also turns himself in after his wife gets arrested.



* NiceJobFixingItVillain: [[spoiler: Maybe if The Company and Caroline Reynolds hadn't treated Kellerman so badly in Season 2 and eventually casted him aside, he wouldn't have had his HeelFaceTurn and greatly aided the protagonists in the long run.]]

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* NiceJobFixingItVillain: NiceJobFixingItVillain:
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[[spoiler: Maybe if The Company and Caroline Reynolds hadn't treated Kellerman so badly in Season 2 and eventually casted him aside, he wouldn't have had his HeelFaceTurn and greatly aided the protagonists in the long run.]]
** [[spoiler: Invoked by Michael. He needs the final Scylla card, which belongs to General Krantz the only one who has access to Scylla's security cameras. Michael manages to reach Scylla and activates the alarm on purpose, so the General takes the elevator to Scylla's location, only for Lincoln, Mahone and Sucre to show up and force him to give the card for them to take Scylla.
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* NotSoDifferent: T-Bag's constant taunt to Michael.

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* NotSoDifferent: NotSoDifferent:
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T-Bag's constant taunt to Michael.



** Bellick becomes this twice, first in Fox River, for being an ex-guard, and later on in Sona, for trying to enter the prison with his wallet.
** Sammy invokes this in Sona. In any prisoner tries to come in with their wallet, he leaves them hanging around in their underwear with no food or water, symbolizing how low in the social scale they are.

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** Bellick becomes this twice, first in Fox River, for being an ex-guard, and later on in Sona, for trying to enter the prison with keep his wallet.
** Sammy invokes this in Sona. In any Any prisoner who tries to come in with their wallet, he leaves them hold on to his wallet is left hanging around in their his underwear with no food or water, symbolizing how his low position in the prison's social scale they are.scale.



* RecruitingTheCriminal: Because of the great plan Michael used to escape from Fox River with his brother, he is compulsorily recruited by the Company to break James Whistler out .

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* RecruitingTheCriminal: Because of the great plan his first successful breakout plan, Michael used to escape from Fox River with his brother, he is compulsorily recruited by the Company to break James Whistler out .out of Sona.



** If he's so smart, why can't he just ''remember'' all this important stuff?
** That's a pretty big misconception of what being smart is. According to Michael, memorizing all of it would be like memorizing a phonebook. Especially since he's shown ''trying'' to memorize all the routes and ''failing''.



* ToThePain: Used by a ''protagonist'' in season 4.

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* ToThePain: Used ToThePain:
** While holding Gretchen in captivity, Wyatt would occasionally visit her to explain how she was going to be tortured next.
** T-Bag is strung upside down
by a ''protagonist'' C-Note, who tells him his eyeballs would pop out of his skull if he spent two more minutes in season 4.that position.
19th Feb '16 7:33:52 PM GrammarNavi
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* GreatEscape: The first season revolves around [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin an honest-to-god prison break]] with a cast composed almost entirely of stock characters ripped from classic prison movies, and the second season continues it with the escaped inmates on the run from the FBI. By the end of the second season, the escapees have all successfully evaded the law [[spoiler: (the few that survived, at least...)]] but the writers manage to justify the title by having the main characters all [[AssPull rounded up for random reasons]] and [[FromBadToWorse sent to a new, even worse prison in Panama]]. Then the final season rolls around, and the whole series morphs into some weird cross between ''MacGyver'' and ''Film/TheBourneSeries'' about the main cast trying to take down some [[MegaCorp evil shadow corporation]] using zany schemes whipped together with loot from the Dollar Store.

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* GreatEscape: The first season revolves around [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin an honest-to-god prison break]] with a cast composed almost entirely of stock characters ripped from classic prison movies, and the second season continues it with the escaped inmates on the run from the FBI. By the end of the second season, the escapees have all successfully evaded the law [[spoiler: (the few that survived, at least...)]] but the writers manage to justify the title by having the main characters all [[AssPull rounded up for random reasons]] and [[FromBadToWorse sent to a new, even worse prison in Panama]]. Then the final season rolls around, and the whole series morphs into some weird cross between ''MacGyver'' ''Series/MacGyver'' and ''Film/TheBourneSeries'' about the main cast trying to take down some [[MegaCorp evil shadow corporation]] using zany schemes whipped together with loot from the Dollar Store.
18th Feb '16 5:24:18 PM UptownSurfer
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* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Dr. Sara Tancredi, UpToEleven. It's part of her backstory.
** Lincoln fits this much more then Michael with Veronica, Lisa Rix, Sofia, and Gretchen. There was also Jeanette in season 2, who led on T-Bag but really had the hots for Lincoln.

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* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: AllGirlsWantBadBoys:
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Dr. Sara Tancredi, UpToEleven. It's part of her backstory.
** Lincoln fits this much more then Michael with Veronica, Lisa Rix, Sofia, and Gretchen. There was also Jeanette in season 2, who led on T-Bag but really had the hots for Lincoln.



* ByTheBookCop: Agent Wheeler. He and Mahone engage in conflicts because of this. Mahone himself states that he used to be this early in his carreer.



* ClearTheirName

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* ClearTheirNameClearTheirName: Veronica's main goal in Season 1 is to prove Lincoln's innocence.



* {{Confessional}}

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* {{Confessional}}{{Confessional}}: In Season 2, Michael visits one because he felt guilty of all the crimes he had to commit and all the things that happened because of his plan.



* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler:Self ends up mostly paralyzed, in a wheelchair and needing someone to wipe the drool from his chin]].

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* FateWorseThanDeath: FateWorseThanDeath:
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[[spoiler:Self ends up mostly paralyzed, in a wheelchair and needing someone to wipe the drool from his chin]].chin]].
** {{Invoked}} by C-Note when he and Sucre [[ColdBloodedTorture hang him upside down]] to obtain the location of the General (a technique he learned during his time in Iraq).
---> '''C-Note''': In two minutes, your eyeballs are gonna pop out of your head. Now that's worse than death.



* FunctionalAddict: Mahone still manages to be a WorthyOpponent for Michael and figure out every step from his plan, despite being a drug addict.



* GetIntoJailFree

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* GetIntoJailFreeGetIntoJailFree: The main premise: Michael robs a bank to get himself in jail so he could break out with his brother Lincoln.



* HeKnowsTooMuch

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* HeKnowsTooMuchHeKnowsTooMuch:
** T-Bag kills a guard in Fox River after he sees the hole in Michael and Sucre's cell.
** The main reason for most deaths ordered by the Company.



* HumanNotepad: Michael's tattoos, which have the blueprints of Fox River and a lot of other information he needs for his escape plan.



* JaywalkingWillRuinYourLife: Tweener gets incarcerated in a penitentiary loaded with criminals like Abruzzi and T-Bag... for stealing a baseball card.



* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Michael Scofield is named after the deadly Schofield revolver. While he's definitely not the toughest character on the show, he's arguably [[TheChessmaster the most dangerous]].

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* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Michael Scofield is named after the deadly Schofield revolver. While he's definitely not the toughest character on the show, he's arguably he definitely is one of [[TheChessmaster the most dangerous]].dangerous]].
* NeverGoingBackToPrison: Several escapees make this vow. Averted for Michael, who tells Whistler in Sona that he was willing to stay there to pay for his sins; Tweener, who decides to go back to prison instead of ratting on the others; and C-Note, who also turns himself in after his wife gets arrested.


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* NewEraSpeech: T-Bag gives one to take over Sona.


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* PariahPrisoner:
** T-Bag is despised by almost every other inmate in Fox River, mostly for being a child rapist.
** Since Tweener is a white guy who tries to affiliate himself with the black inmates, he is rejected by the groups of both races.
** Bellick becomes this twice, first in Fox River, for being an ex-guard, and later on in Sona, for trying to enter the prison with his wallet.
** Sammy invokes this in Sona. In any prisoner tries to come in with their wallet, he leaves them hanging around in their underwear with no food or water, symbolizing how low in the social scale they are.
---> '''Bellick''': Do you understand what happened? You're a... what's it called... pariah. You made the same mistake when I walked in. I tried to hang on to my wallet, next thing I knew, I spent the next two days kneecap deep in human feces. In Sona, it's every man for himself. Here, cheese.
---> '''Tyge''': I'm not hungry.
---> '''Bellick''': Yeah, you will be.


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* RecoveredAddict:
** Sara used to be addicted to morphine.
** Mahone eventually beats his addiction to a drug called Veratril.
* RecruitingTheCriminal: Because of the great plan Michael used to escape from Fox River with his brother, he is compulsorily recruited by the Company to break James Whistler out .


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* ReformedCriminal: Most of the convicts. Discussed by Sucre:
--> '''Lincoln''': I got your back, man. When you get home, whatever you need, whatever you want...
--> '''Sucre''': That won't be necessary. When I get back home, I'm a saint. I'm not even jaywalking.
18th Feb '16 2:33:49 PM UptownSurfer
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* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler:Whistlerin the Season 4 premiere. Subverted with Sarah, who apparently dies in Season 3, but she returns in the beginning of Season 4].]

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* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler:Whistlerin the Season 4 premiere. Subverted with Sarah, who apparently dies in Season 3, but she returns in the beginning of Season 4].]4.]]
18th Feb '16 2:33:05 PM UptownSurfer
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* CrapsackWorld

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* CrapsackWorldCrapsackWorld: Sona Federal Penitentiary.



* DeusExMachina: [[spoiler:Kellerman in the final episode]].
** Not to mention season four opens with Sucre, Bellick, and T-Bag somehow escaped from Sona.
*** In mid-season four its explained [[spoiler: that T-Bag riled everyone up so that they all rioted and overran the prison guards. Bellick apparently helped Sucre from the stampede, hence why Sucre won't allow anyone to [[NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead speak ill of him after]] his death.]]
** [[spoiler: Kellerman in the Season 2 finale. Apparently he had everything documented the whole time, and just never bothered to mention it to the brothers or Sara before.]]

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* DeusExMachina: [[spoiler:Kellerman in the final episode]].
** Not to mention season four opens with Sucre, Bellick, and T-Bag somehow escaped from Sona.
*** In mid-season four its explained [[spoiler: that T-Bag riled everyone up so that they all rioted and overran the prison guards. Bellick apparently helped Sucre from the stampede, hence why Sucre won't allow anyone to [[NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead speak ill of him after]] his death.
two instances.]]
** [[spoiler: Kellerman First in the Season 2 finale. Apparently he had everything documented the whole time, and just never bothered to mention it to the brothers or Sara before.]]
** [[spoiler: Happens again in the Season 4 finale. It's revealed that he was still alive and working with the United Nations, so they clear Michael, Lincoln, Sara, Sucre, C-Note and Mahone's names in exchange for Scylla.
]]



* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler:Whistler]] in the season 4 premiere. [[spoiler:Sarah in season 3. [[ItGetsBetter She got better]]]].

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* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler:Whistler]] in [[spoiler:Whistlerin the season Season 4 premiere. [[spoiler:Sarah Subverted with Sarah, who apparently dies in season 3. [[ItGetsBetter She got better]]]].Season 3, but she returns in the beginning of Season 4].]
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