History Series / PrisonBreak

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* {{Badass}}: Many of the characters. Michael breaks out of two prisons, Mahone can kill people with his bare hands (justified due to his training) and throw FBI agents into shivers of concern, Lincoln is called "Linc the Sink" because he'll take whatever you throw at him, Sucre and Sara both resist torture... the list goes on.
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* BluffTheImposter: Michael realizes the man he's meeting with is not who he claims to be after quizzing him about which asthma medication he takes.

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* BluffTheImposter: Michael realizes the man he's meeting with is not who he claims to be after quizzing him about which asthma medication he takes. The amusing part is that the guy knows he's being tested and he ''still'' gets the answer wrong.



** T-Bag pretty much becomes this by the end of season 4 as he is in ''way'' over his head when it comes to government conspiracies.

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** T-Bag pretty much becomes this by the end of season 4 -- without the sympathetic part -- as he is in ''way'' over his head when it comes to government conspiracies.



* RecoveredAddict: Sara is a recovering alcoholic and morphine addict.

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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Sara delivers an epic one to T-Bag in the penultimate episode of season four, telling him that she's always suspected the reason he rapes and hurts people is because he has neurological erectile dysfunction, likely caused by the sexual abuse he sustained during his childhood. He's practically roaring at her to shut up by the time she's done.
* RecoveredAddict: Sara is a recovering alcoholic and morphine addict. She falls OffTheWagon a couple times, but ultimately does her best to stay clean.



* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: [[spoiler:Roland]]. And [[spoiler: Don Self]]. Michael even works a reward for anticipated treachery into his plan in the Sona escape.

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* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: [[spoiler:Roland]]. And [[spoiler:Roland]] and [[spoiler: Don Self]]. Michael even works a reward for anticipated treachery into his plan in the Sona escape.



** Michael wants to be, and can pull it off nine times out of ten, but he does 'emote' (aka yell or bang his fists) when something really screws up his plans.

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** Michael wants to be, and can pull it off nine times out of ten, but he does 'emote' (aka emote -- usually yell or bang his fists) fists -- and get visibly stressed out when something really screws up with his plans.



* TattooedCrook: Justified in Michael, who ''does'' have tattoos and ''is'' a criminal, but got the tattoos as a way of smuggling information about his plan and the prison blueprints into Fox River. [[spoiler: The tattoos are removed at the beginning of season four, to allow him to assume a fake identity, and he has a new set of tattoos in season five.]]
** Lincoln has at least one visible tattoo in the first season, but by season four much of his forearms and biceps are covered in tattoos. Which is... strange, as the entire series takes place within about six months, and the tattoos just kind of appeared with no explanation. [[note]]They are actor Dominic Purcell's actual tattoos, and presumably they finally decided it was too much work to cover them up.[[/note]]

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* TattooedCrook: Justified in Michael, who ''does'' have tattoos and ''is'' a criminal, but got the tattoos as a way of smuggling information about his plan and the prison blueprints into Fox River. [[spoiler: The tattoos are removed at the beginning of season four, four to allow him to assume a fake identity, identity (and to allow Wentworth to wear short-sleeves again), and he has a new set of tattoos in season five.]]
** Lincoln has at least one visible tattoo in the first season, but by season four the end of the show much of his forearms and biceps are covered in tattoos. Which is... strange, as the entire series takes first four seasons take place within about six months, and the tattoos just kind of appeared in early season four with no explanation. [[note]]They are actor Dominic Purcell's actual tattoos, and presumably they finally decided it was too much work to cover them up.[[/note]]



** Subverted with Sara. She is the reason Michael refrains from killing, on seperate occasions, T-Bag, [[spoiler: Christina Rose]] and the General. Then she kills [[spoiler: Christina Rose]]. And let's not forget in season two she also [[spoiler: killed Kim]] and [[spoiler: tried to kill Kellerman]].

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** Subverted with Sara. She is the reason Michael refrains from killing, on seperate separate occasions, T-Bag, [[spoiler: Christina Rose]] and the General. Then she kills [[spoiler: Christina Rose]]. And let's not forget in season two she also [[spoiler: killed Agent Kim]] and [[spoiler: tried to kill Kellerman]].



** [[spoiler: He doesn't end up getting killed for it, but]] at times Sucre's persistent unwillingness to understand that EVERYONE in Maricruz's family dislikes him approaches this.

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** [[spoiler: He doesn't end up getting killed for it, but]] at times Sucre's persistent unwillingness to understand that EVERYONE ''everyone'' in Maricruz's family dislikes him approaches this.



** In addition, a lot of characters going up against the brothers (or one brother and Sucre) seem to spontaneously forget that there are TWO of them - while actively chasing/being chased by both. Witness someone outrunning one and pausing for breath, only to be caught by the other, or knocking out one, and pausing to gloat or call someone only to be attacked by the other.

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** In addition, a lot of characters going up against the brothers (or one brother and Sucre) seem to spontaneously forget that there are TWO of them - -- while actively chasing/being chased by both. Witness someone outrunning one and pausing for breath, only to be caught by the other, or knocking out one, and pausing to gloat or call someone only to be attacked by the other.



* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: [[spoiler:The gang are all cleared with twenty minutes to go in the last episode. Michael and Sarah are walking down the beach, talking about their future, when Michael starts bleeding from the nose. The DistantFinale reveals that everyone believes him to be dead, although the rebooted fifth season reveals that he's NotQuiteDead]].

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* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: [[spoiler:The gang are all cleared with twenty minutes to go in the last episode. Later, Michael and Sarah are walking down along the beach, beach and talking about their future, when Michael Michael's [[OhCrap nose starts bleeding from the nose.bleeding]]. The DistantFinale reveals that everyone believes him to be dead, although the rebooted fifth season reveals that he's NotQuiteDead]].
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* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler: Gretchen in ''The Final Break''. When she and Sara are escaping, she gets caught. Not only does she not snitch on Sara, but she also leaves behind the necklace she intended to give to her daughter.]]
* TheAlcatraz: For season 3 of the series, hero Scofield is [[IHaveYourWife manipulated]] by the recurring shadowy conspiracy to break a man out of Sona, a fictional Panamanian prison with a perfect record, surrounded by brutal military forces, and that's ''run by the convicts''. Fox River in season 1 is ''not'' this trope, since it is more of a standard maximum security prison, even though it took the protagonists the entire season to break out.

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* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler: Gretchen Gretchen]] in ''The Final Break''. When she and Sara are escaping, she gets caught. Not only does she not snitch on Sara, but she also leaves behind the necklace she intended to give to her daughter.]]
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* TheAlcatraz: For season 3 of the series, hero Scofield Michael is [[IHaveYourWife manipulated]] by the recurring shadowy conspiracy to break a man out of Sona, a fictional Panamanian prison with a perfect record, surrounded by brutal military forces, and that's ''run by the convicts''. Fox River in season 1 is ''not'' this trope, since it is more of a standard maximum security prison, even though it took the protagonists the entire season to break out.



* AnyoneCanDie: Can and ''do.'' The first unexpected death was [[spoiler: LJ's mother Lisa]], but from there it just spirals out of control. Out of the main characters, [[spoiler: Veronica, Abruzzi, Lechero, Whistler, and Bellick]] all die. Michael himself was presumed dead after the events in 'The Final Break', but the rebooted fifth season reveals that he is still alive.

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* AnyoneCanDie: Can and ''do.'' The first unexpected death was [[spoiler: LJ's mother Lisa]], but from there it just spirals out of control. Out of the main characters, [[spoiler: Veronica, Abruzzi, Lechero, Whistler, and Bellick]] all die. Michael himself was presumed dead after the events in 'The Final Break', but the rebooted fifth season reveals that he is still alive.



* DeadManWriting: The final scene of the series, and a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming, is [[spoiler:Michael's]] posthumous message to Lincoln and Sara.

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* DeadManWriting: The final scene of the series, 'The Final Break', and a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming, is [[spoiler:Michael's]] posthumous message to Lincoln and Sara.



* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler: Sara]] in season 3.

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* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler: Sara]] in season 3. 3, though it was more a case of DeathFakedForYou.



** Season 4 reveals [[spoiler: Kellerman and Michael and Lincoln's mother]] was faking this as well.

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** Season 4 reveals [[spoiler: Kellerman and Christina Scofield has been faking this since Michael and Lincoln's mother]] was faking this as well.Lincoln were kids, and Kellerman is also revealed to have survived his apparent execution in season two]].



* HeelFaceDoorSlam: T-Bag was BecomingTheMask with his Cole Pfeiffer identity and was genuinely on the fence about his entire character after he left. He waffled back and forth while [[spoiler: keeping Gretchen's family hostage, and kidnapped a passing Bible salesman out of paranoia that he might be Company. T-Bag tests the salesman be reciting a verse, and when he passes, he lets the family and the salesman go free. [[ProperlyParanoid But the salesman really is Company,]] and he immediately puts T-Bag in a chokehold and delivers him to the Company.]] He is back to his old self by the next episode.

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* HeelFaceDoorSlam: T-Bag was BecomingTheMask with his Cole Pfeiffer identity and was genuinely on the fence about his entire character after he left. He waffled back and forth while [[spoiler: keeping Gretchen's family hostage, and kidnapped a passing Bible salesman out of paranoia that he might be Company. T-Bag tests the salesman be reciting a verse, and when he passes, he lets the family and the salesman go free. [[ProperlyParanoid But the salesman really is Company,]] and he immediately puts T-Bag in a chokehold choke-hold and delivers him to the Company.]] He is back to his old self by the next episode.



* InterruptedSuicide:
** [[spoiler: C-Note tries to kill himself because he's being blackmailed by Mahone, but the prison guards save him in time.]]
** [[spoiler: Bellick was going to kill himself, but his mother (who doesn't know) interrupts him with news about the Fox River 8 rewards, so he decides to chase them instead.]]

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* InterruptedSuicide:
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InterruptedSuicide: [[spoiler: C-Note 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: Bellick Bellick]] was going to kill himself, himself after being fired, but his mother (who doesn't know) (unaware of what he's about to do) interrupts him with news about the Fox River 8 rewards, rewards so he decides to chase them instead.]]



** This was deliberately averted in [[spoiler: Michael's case; the writers debated whether or not he deserved a happy ending after all of the death and mayhem he'd indirectly caused by breaking Lincoln out of prison, which led to them [[NotQuiteDead apparently]] killing him off in the series finale. Despite the reboot revealing that he's actually still alive, he's still been forced to spend the past ten or eleven years working dirty jobs for the government while everyone he loves believes him to be dead, and winds up in a hellhole prison ''again'' after he begins refusing to cooperate.]]

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** This was deliberately averted in [[spoiler: Michael's case; the writers debated whether or not he deserved a happy ending after all of the death and mayhem he'd indirectly caused by breaking Lincoln out of prison, which led to them [[NotQuiteDead apparently]] killing him off in the series finale. Despite the reboot revealing that he's actually still alive, he's still been forced to spend the past ten or eleven years working dirty jobs for the government while everyone he loves believes him to be dead, and winds up in a hellhole prison ''again'' yet another HellholePrison after he begins refusing to cooperate.]]



* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler: Inverted: Michael and Lincoln are told that they aren't blood-related. They don't actually seem to care. A post-series interview reveals it was a lie anyway.]]

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* LukeIAmYourFather: Inverted. [[spoiler: Inverted: Michael and Lincoln are told that they aren't blood-related. They blood-related near the end of season four, but they don't actually seem to care. A post-series interview reveals it was a lie anyway.]]



* NeckSnap: Seems to be Mahone's preferred way of killing someone, if he doesn't have a weapon on hand.

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* NeckSnap: Seems to be Mahone's preferred way of killing someone, someone if he doesn't have a weapon on hand.



* NiceJobFixingItVillain: [[spoiler: The Company and Caroline Reynolds' treatment of Kellerman in season two, capped by their eventual decision to have him terminated, leads to him having a HeelFaceTurn and greatly aiding the protagonists in the long run.]]
** [[spoiler: Invoked by Michael in season four. He needs the final Scylla card, which belongs to General Krantz the only one who has access to Scylla's security cameras. Michael breaks into the vault and activates the alarm on purpose, and when the General arrives, he, Lincoln, Mahone and Sucre are able to steal the card directly from him.]]

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* NiceJobFixingItVillain: [[spoiler: The Company and Caroline Reynolds' treatment of Kellerman [[spoiler: Kellerman]] in season two, capped by their eventual decision to have him terminated, leads to him having a HeelFaceTurn and greatly aiding the protagonists in the long run.]]
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** [[spoiler: Invoked by Michael in season four. [[spoiler: He needs the final Scylla card, which belongs to General Krantz - the only one who has access to Scylla's security cameras. Michael cameras -- so he breaks into the vault and activates the alarm on purpose, and when the General arrives, he, Lincoln, Mahone and Sucre are able to steal the card directly from him.]]



** Wyatt tries to say this to Mahone [[spoiler: right before Mahone shoves him off a dock as retribution for Wyatt murdering his eight year old son.]]

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** Wyatt tries to say this to Mahone [[spoiler: right before Mahone shoves him off a dock as retribution for Wyatt murdering his eight year old son.]]son]].



** [[spoiler: Michael Scofield and his son who has the same name.]]



** Luis Galego ([=McGrady=]) and Louis Patterson (one of the guards in Fox River).



** [[spoiler: Michael Scofield and his son who has the same name.]]
** If you wanna go far with it, there's Nick Savrinn and Nika Volek.



* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname:
** Many Fox River inmates: Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell, Benjamin Miles "C-Note" Franklin, David "Tweener" Apolskis, Charles "Haywire" Patoshik. A lot of the Fox River characters only ever called Lincoln "Sink" or "Linc the Sink".

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* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname:
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OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Many of the Fox River inmates: inmates. Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell, Benjamin Miles "C-Note" Franklin, David "Tweener" Apolskis, Charles "Haywire" Patoshik. A lot of the Fox River characters only ever called Lincoln "Sink" or "Linc the Sink".



** Michael is actually an extreme case, as his tattoos are a dead giveaway and he has to spend the entire season in long sleeve shirts so that no one will recognize him and even ''that'' doesn't always work.

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** Michael is actually an extreme case, as his tattoos are a dead giveaway and he has to spend the entire season in long sleeve shirts (in the middle of summer) so that no one will recognize him and even ''that'' doesn't always work.



* ThePlan:

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* ThePlan: ThePlan



* PlotInducedStupidity: Michael and company have a few notable instances, which comes off as particularly jarring because Michael is a skilled [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]]. [[spoiler: Not killing T-Bag and Gretchen repeatedly comes back to bite them in the ass, as do many occasions of them leaving people tied up and injured instead of finishing the job. Self's double-cross in Season 4 relies on them not checking the paperwork until after he's long gone - which seems like the first thing they would do after all the times they've been screwed.]]

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* PlotInducedStupidity: Michael and company have a few notable instances, which comes off as particularly jarring because Michael is a skilled [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]]. [[spoiler: Not killing [[spoiler: T-Bag and Gretchen Gretchen]] repeatedly comes back to bite them in the ass, as do many occasions of them leaving people tied up and injured instead of finishing the job. Self's The double-cross pulled on the team in Season 4 season four relies on them not checking the paperwork until after he's [[spoiler: Self's]] long gone - -- which seems like the first thing they would do after all the times they've been screwed.]]
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* AgonyOfTheFeet: Michael has two of his toes cut off by Abruzzi's men early in Season 1, after he refuses to give them information.

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* AffablyEvil: T-Bag, Kellerman.
* AgonyOfTheFeet: Michael has two of his toes cut off by Abruzzi's men early in Season 1, 1 after he refuses to give them information.up the information they wanted.



* ArchEnemy: Michael and T-Bag. Michael and Mahone. Michael/Linc/Aldo and the Company.
* TheArtifact: Bellick in any post season 1 storyline.
* ArtifactTitle: [[spoiler: In seasons 2 and 4.]]
* AffablyEvil: T-Bag, Kellerman.



* AnyoneCanDie: Can and ''do.'' [[spoiler: The first unexpected death was LJ's mother Lisa, but from there it just spirals out of control. Out of the main characters, Veronica, Abruzzi, Lechero, Whistler, and Bellick all die. Michael himself was presumed dead after the events in 'The Final Break', but the reboot reveals that he is still alive.]]

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* AnyoneCanDie: Can and ''do.'' [[spoiler: The first unexpected death was [[spoiler: LJ's mother Lisa, Lisa]], but from there it just spirals out of control. Out of the main characters, [[spoiler: Veronica, Abruzzi, Lechero, Whistler, and Bellick Bellick]] all die. Michael himself was presumed dead after the events in 'The Final Break', but the reboot rebooted fifth season reveals that he is still alive.]]



* ArchEnemy: Michael and T-Bag. Michael and Mahone. Michael/Linc/Aldo and the Company.
* TheArtifact: Bellick in any post season 1 storyline.
* ArtifactTitle: In seasons 2 and 4.



** [[spoiler: After being ditched by the Company and President Reynolds, Kellerman realizes all the things he did for them was in vain. He decides to turn himself in, handing over several documents from the Company, as well as exonerating both Sara and Lincoln in the process, even though he knew he would end up being killed for it.]]

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** [[spoiler: After being ditched by the Company and President Reynolds, Kellerman [[spoiler: Kellerman]] realizes all the things he did for them was in vain. He decides to turn himself in, handing over several documents from the Company, as well as exonerating both Sara and Lincoln in the process, even though he knew he would end up being killed for it.]]



* BabiesEverAfter: [[spoiler: Subverted: Sara has Michael Jr., but Michael himself is presumed dead.]]
* BackForTheFinale: [[spoiler: Sucre, C-Note, Sofia, Felicia, and Hale's wife all re-appear for the broadcast finale - despite not being having seen in a few episodes, two seasons, a full season, a few episodes, and almost three full seasons - respectively. Strangely, neither LJ nor Gretchen join them, though Gretchen does play a huge role in "The Final Break."]]
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: Sara, Kellerman, and Michael himself in the reboot.]]

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* BabiesEverAfter: Subverted. [[spoiler: Subverted: Sara has Michael Jr., but Michael himself is presumed dead.dead and missing for eleven years.]]
* BackForTheFinale: [[spoiler: Sucre, C-Note, Sofia, Felicia, and Hale's wife all re-appear for the broadcast finale - despite not being having seen in a few episodes, two seasons, a full season, a few episodes, and almost three full seasons - respectively. Strangely, neither LJ nor Gretchen join them, though [[spoiler: Gretchen does play a huge role in "The Final Break."]]
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: Sara, Kellerman, and as well as Michael himself in the reboot.]]



* BestServedCold:
** [[spoiler: Mahone clearly looks satisfied after waiting quite a while before he finally got the chance to kill Wyatt, the man who murdered his son.]]
** [[spoiler: Subverted with Michael and Gretchen, after figuring out Sara wasn't really dead.]]

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* BestServedCold:
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BestServedCold: Mahone clearly looks satisfied after waiting quite a while before he finally got the chance to kill [[spoiler: Wyatt, the man who murdered his son.]]
** [[spoiler: Subverted with [[spoiler: Michael and Gretchen, after figuring out he learns that Sara wasn't isn't really dead.]]



* BungledSuicide: [[spoiler: Kellerman tries to kill himself, but the gun jams.]]

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* BungledSuicide: [[spoiler: Kellerman Kellerman]] tries to kill himself, but the gun jams.]]



* CassandraTruth: Haywire is the only person at Fox River to guess the secret behind Michael's tattoos; he's also crazy, so no one ever listens to him when he tries to tell them. It probably doesn't help that these encounters usually end with him screaming about pathways to hell.

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* CassandraTruth: Haywire is the only person at Fox River to guess the secret behind Michael's tattoos; tattoos, but he's also crazy, crazy so no one ever listens to him when he tries to tell them. It probably doesn't help that these encounters usually end with him screaming about pathways to hell.



* ChainedHeat: T-Bag handcuffs himself to Michael during the escape and then swallows the key so the others don't try to get rid of him, as that would leave Michael dragging around a 180 pound corpse. Abruzzi eventually solves the problem by [[spoiler: chopping T-Bag's hand off with an axe]], to the horror of everyone else in the room.

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* ChainedHeat: T-Bag handcuffs himself to Michael during the escape and then swallows the key so the others don't try to get rid of him, as that would leave Michael dragging around a 180 170 pound corpse. Abruzzi eventually solves the problem by [[spoiler: chopping T-Bag's hand off with an axe]], to the horror of everyone else in the room.



-->'''Mahone''': I didn't think there was such a thing as clean in a place like this.
** T-Bag and Sara also.

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-->'''Mahone''': I didn't think there was such a thing as clean in a [[HellholePrison place like this.
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** T-Bag and Sara also.as well.



* DeadManWriting: [[spoiler:The final scene of the series, and a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming, is Michael's posthumous message to Lincoln and Sara.]]

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* DeadManWriting: [[spoiler:The The final scene of the series, and a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming, is Michael's [[spoiler:Michael's]] posthumous message to Lincoln and Sara.]]



* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler: Whistler in the Season 4 premiere. Subverted with Sara, who apparently died in Season 3, but she returns in the beginning of Season 4.]]

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* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler: Whistler Whistler]] in the Season 4 premiere. Subverted with Sara, [[spoiler:Sara]] in that same episode, who apparently died in Season 3, but she returns in the beginning of Season 4.]]is revealed to be alive and well.



* EveryCarIsAPinto: In 'Disconnect', Mahone crashes his car into Michael and Lincoln's vehicle. The next shot shows it in flames.

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* EveryCarIsAPinto: In 'Disconnect', Mahone crashes t-bones his car into Michael and Lincoln's vehicle. vehicle and sets off quite the fireball in the process. The next shot shows it the car still in flames.



* ExtremelyShortTimespan: The main story-line of the first four seasons, from Michael robbing the bank in the first episode until [[spoiler: his death in 'The Final Break']], takes place entirely between March and November of 2005, with the main portion of the plot during seasons 1-3 actually taking place between mid-April and late June/early July. [[note]]Michael is incarcerated in mid-April and the breakout happens in early June. Season two covers only a couple weeks, and season three takes place in only a week and a half. Season four actually might cover the longest amount of time out of all of them.[[/note]] This raises some questions about how exactly Sucre's daughter had been born by the beginning of season 4, since only about four months had passed since she'd been conceived.

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* ExtremelyShortTimespan: The main story-line of the first four seasons, from Michael robbing the bank in the first episode until [[spoiler: his death in 'The Final Break']], takes place entirely between March and November of 2005, with the main portion of the plot during seasons 1-3 actually taking place between mid-April and late June/early July. [[note]]Michael is incarcerated in mid-April and the breakout happens in early June.late May. Season two covers only a couple weeks, and season three takes place in only a week and a half. Season four starts sometime in August (after a three week TimeSkip), and actually might cover the longest amount of time out of all of them.[[/note]] This raises some questions about how exactly Sucre's daughter had been born by the beginning of season 4, since only about four months had passed since she'd been conceived.



** [[spoiler: Kellerman and Terrance Steadman]] as well.
** Season 4 reveals [[spoiler: Michael and Lincoln's mother]] was faking this as well.
** [[spoiler: Michael]].
* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler:Self ends up mostly paralyzed, in a wheelchair and needing someone to wipe the drool from his chin]].

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** [[spoiler: Kellerman and Terrance Steadman]] as well.Steadman's faked death is the reason the whole plot is happening in the first place]].
** Season 4 reveals [[spoiler: Kellerman and Michael and Lincoln's mother]] was faking this as well.
** [[spoiler: Michael]].
Michael post-season four, although it may not have been voluntary]].
* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler:Self [[spoiler:Self]] ends up mostly paralyzed, in a wheelchair and needing someone to wipe the drool from his chin]].chin.



* SpottingTheThread: Lincoln of all people does this a number of times, proving that Michael isn't the only one in the family with brains. On one occasion, he notices that a picture of him and his mother has been photo-shopped because the car in the background is the wrong year model, and then realizes that it's a message for him since he's the only one who would have known that.

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* SpottingTheThread: Lincoln of all people does this a number of times, proving that Michael isn't the only one in the family with brains. On one occasion, he notices that a picture of him and his mother has been photo-shopped because the car in the background is the wrong year model, and then realizes that it's a message for him since he's the only one who would have known that.


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* ThisIsGonnaSuck: Michael resigns himself to [[spoiler: receiving a beating from Agent Kim]] in 'Sweet Caroline', but this trope pretty much sums up the look on his face while waiting for the man to shut up and get on with it.
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* ForWantOfANail: Michael's first escape attempt at Sona fails because a ''cloud'' drifts in front of the sun.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: We see Michael laying the groundwork for several steps of his plan during 'Brother's Keeper', but don't learn what they are until they're utilized in season two.
* ForWantOfANail: Michael's first escape attempt at Sona fails because a ''cloud'' drifts in front of the sun. It all goes downhill from there.



* LampshadeHanging: More than one character calls out the fact that Michael and Lincoln shouldn't have ended up in the same prison, and that Michael's lack of criminal record prior to his badly botched bank robbery should have been a huge red flag.



* PublicSecretMessage: While on the run in season two, Lincoln and Michael release a video stating their innocence and Michael uses the opportunity to drop a few hints to Sara about how to contact him.



* SpitefulSpit: How Michael makes his opinion of President Reynolds'... ''devotion''... to her brother known.
* SpottingTheThread: Lincoln of all people does this a number of times, proving that Michael isn't the only one in the family with brains. On one occasion, he notices that a picture of him and his mother has been photo-shopped because the car in the background is the wrong year model, and then realizes that it's a message for him since he's the only one who would have known that.



* WeNeedADistraction: Early in season four the team needs to break into a home with a very sophisticated security system, so Lincoln and Sucre set off the alarm at the house ''across the street'' while Michael and Mahone wait for their target to disengage his own security system to find out what's causing the disturbance.



* WomanInWhite: Christina Rose Scofield. [[spoiler: Don't be fooled into thinking she's benevolent]].



* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: [[spoiler:The gang are all cleared with twenty minutes to go in the last episode. Michael and Sarah are walking down the beach, talking about their future, when Michael starts bleeding from the nose. The DistantFinale reveals that everyone believes him to be dead, although the rebooted fifth season reveals that he's NotQuiteDead]]. Happens throughout the series too.

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* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: [[spoiler:The gang are all cleared with twenty minutes to go in the last episode. Michael and Sarah are walking down the beach, talking about their future, when Michael starts bleeding from the nose. The DistantFinale reveals that everyone believes him to be dead, although the rebooted fifth season reveals that he's NotQuiteDead]]. NotQuiteDead]].
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Happens often throughout the series too.series. Another example is the brothers coming within inches of receiving a presidential pardon in 'Sweet Caroline', only to end up being double crossed and on the run again.
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* BerserkButton: Michael ''really'' doesn't like it if you threaten or insult Linc. Likewise, you probably shouldn't threaten or harm Michael while Lincoln is around. Really, it's just not a good idea to mess with either brother.



* BlatantLies: Bellick's explanation of how Michael lost his toes is that he stepped on a pair of gardening sheers; Sara lampshades the absurdity.
** Honestly, this applies for all of the explanations of the injuries Michael sustains while in prison. Sara hears a lot of BS from him during season one, and Michael finally just stops even trying to offer an explanation.
* BluffTheImposter: Michael realizes the man he's meeting with is not who he claims to be after quizzing him about which asthma medication he takes.



* CallForward: In 'Bolshoi Booze', Michael confesses that as a child he saw a man bleed to death and recalls that he was glad about it, because the man deserved it. The following episode shows the event in question, although in a much more traumatic light than he described.

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* CallForward: In 'Bolshoi Booze', Michael confesses that as a child he saw a man bleed to death and recalls that he was glad about it, glad, because the man deserved it. The following episode shows the event in question, although in a much more traumatic light than he described.described.
* CassandraTruth: Haywire is the only person at Fox River to guess the secret behind Michael's tattoos; he's also crazy, so no one ever listens to him when he tries to tell them. It probably doesn't help that these encounters usually end with him screaming about pathways to hell.



* DarkAndTroubledPast: TheSeries. Seriously, Sucre probably has the least troubled background of all of them.



* FailedASpotCheck: Every Fox River guard who Michael encounters while outside his cell inevitably walks right past him without ever seeing him because they failed to turn their head.



* ForWantOfANail: Michael's first escape attempt at Sona fails because a ''cloud'' drifts in front of the sun.



* GoMadFromTheIsolation: Invoked by Michael as a ploy to get himself moved out of solitary confinement and into the psych ward.



* HonorBeforeReason: Michael, [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] several times.

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* HonorBeforeReason: Michael, [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] several times. On one occasion, he abandons a chance at a clean getaway after receiving word that T-Bag is hiding out nearby and instead runs off to try and assist Sucre in catching him.



* HumiliationConga: Bellick. Not that he doesn't earn it.

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* HumiliationConga: Bellick. [[AssholeVictim Not that he doesn't earn it.it]].
* HyperAwareness: Michael is a justified case, as he has a mental condition that enables him to absorb and process more of his surroundings than the average person.


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* ImprovisedWeapon: A frightening number of prisoners Fox River have a homemade shank or knife hidden somewhere in their cell and they are not shy about using them.


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** T-Bag pretty much becomes this by the end of season 4 as he is in ''way'' over his head when it comes to government conspiracies.


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* PaperThinDisguise: In season two, the Fox River Eight manage to elude a nationwide manhunt with nothing more than street clothes and the occasional hat. [[ClarkKenting Michael also dons a pair of glasses from time to time]]. [[FridgeBrilliance This is probably why they get captured so frequently]].
** Michael is actually an extreme case, as his tattoos are a dead giveaway and he has to spend the entire season in long sleeve shirts so that no one will recognize him and even ''that'' doesn't always work.
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* KidnappedDoctor: After the "Fox River 8" escape the titular penitentiary, T-Bag gets his hand cut off when he cuffs himself to Michael. He later takes a veterinarian hostage to force him to stitch it back on despite the man's protests that he's trained to treat animals, not people. T-Bag kills him when he's finished anyway.
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* DiedInYourArmsTonight: with Michael and [[spoiler: Aldo]]. Because Michael wasn't already messed up enough.

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* DiedInYourArmsTonight: with With Michael and [[spoiler: Aldo]]. Because Michael wasn't already messed up enough.



* DrivingQuestion: Season 1: Who framed Lincoln, and why?

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* DrivingQuestion: Season 1: Who In season one it was 'who framed Lincoln, and why?why?'



** [[spoiler:John Abruzzi]] in season 2, defiantly staring down a squad of FBI agents and when told to get on [[spoiler:his]] knees, replying "I only kneel for ''God''; I don't see him here."

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** [[spoiler:John Abruzzi]] in season 2, defiantly staring down a squad of FBI agents and when told to get on [[spoiler:his]] knees, replying "I only kneel for only to ''God''; I don't see him here."



* EveryCarIsAPinto: In 'Disconnect', Mahone crashes his car into Michael and Lincoln's vehicle, which promptly bursts into flames.

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* EveryCarIsAPinto: In 'Disconnect', Mahone crashes his car into Michael and Lincoln's vehicle, which promptly bursts into vehicle. The next shot shows it in flames.



* ExtremelyShortTimespan: The main story-line of the first four seasons, from Michael robbing the bank in the first episode until [[spoiler: his death in 'The Final Break']], takes place entirely between March and November of 2005, with the main portion of the plot during seasons 1-3 actually taking place in just over two months. This raises some questions about how exactly Sucre's daughter was born at the beginning of season 4, since only about four months had passed since she'd been conceived.

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* ExtremelyShortTimespan: The main story-line of the first four seasons, from Michael robbing the bank in the first episode until [[spoiler: his death in 'The Final Break']], takes place entirely between March and November of 2005, with the main portion of the plot during seasons 1-3 actually taking place between mid-April and late June/early July. [[note]]Michael is incarcerated in just over mid-April and the breakout happens in early June. Season two months. covers only a couple weeks, and season three takes place in only a week and a half. Season four actually might cover the longest amount of time out of all of them.[[/note]] This raises some questions about how exactly Sucre's daughter was had been born at by the beginning of season 4, since only about four months had passed since she'd been conceived.



* IWillPunishYourFriendForYourFailure: The threat used to keep people in line. Combined with IHaveYourWife

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* IWillPunishYourFriendForYourFailure: The threat used to keep people in line. Combined with IHaveYourWifeIHaveYourWife.



* LastNameBasis: Varies depending on the character and their relationship. For example, Mahone refers to Michael as 'Scofield' in season two when he's chasing him, varies it in season three (when they're uneasy allies), and finally begins calling him Michael in season four when they become friendly.

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* LastNameBasis: Varies depending on the character and their relationship. For example, Mahone refers to Michael as 'Scofield' in season two when he's chasing him, varies it in season three (when they're uneasy allies), and finally begins calling him Michael in season four when they become friendly.friendly in season four.



** 3: Thrown into a hellhole prison in Panama with literally only the clothes on their backs.

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** 3: Thrown into Several characters wind up in a hellhole prison in Panama with literally only the clothes on their backs.



* MacGuffin: [[BriefcaseFullOfMoney Westmoreland's stash of money]] and the Steadman recording in season 2, the bird book in season 3 (actually a subversion, as [[spoiler: the book contained information critical to the theft of Scylla.]], Scylla in season 4.

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* MacGuffin: [[BriefcaseFullOfMoney Westmoreland's stash of money]] and the Steadman recording in season 2, the bird book in season 3 (actually (later becomes a subversion, as [[spoiler: the book contained is revealed to contain information critical to the theft of Scylla.]], Scylla]]), Scylla in season 4.



* NeckSnap: Seems to be Mahone's preferred way of killing someone, if he doesn't have a weapon.

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* NeckSnap: Seems to be Mahone's preferred way of killing someone, if he doesn't have a weapon.weapon on hand.



* NiceJobBreakingItHero: There's several, but arguably the first one was in "Riots, Drills and the Devil". Michael needed an uninterrupted block of time in order to break through a certain wall, so he sabotages the air conditioning system to trigger a lock-down. While he does accomplish his goal, the ensuing riot leads to the death of a guard, possibly the death of another guard (it's unclear if he dies or is just badly beaten), the death of several inmates, T-Bag finding out about the escape plan, and Sarah getting suspicious and nearly raped. Whoops.

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: There's several, but arguably the first one was in "Riots, Drills and the Devil". Michael needed an uninterrupted block of time in order to break through a certain wall, wall without being missed, so he sabotages the air conditioning system to trigger a lock-down. While he does accomplish his goal, the ensuing riot leads to the death of a guard, possibly the death of another guard (it's unclear if he dies or is just badly beaten), the death of several inmates, T-Bag finding out about the escape plan, and Sarah getting suspicious and nearly raped. Whoops.



* ProductPlacement: Lincoln drives a Toyota Sequoia for a few episodes during season four, and the show really wants you to know that.

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* ProductPlacement: Lincoln drives a Toyota Sequoia for a few episodes during season four, four and the show really wants you to know that.



* RaceAgainstTheClock: Both throughout the seasons (Linc must be broken out before his set execution, Michael must break Whistler out before Gretchen's deadline) and during specific episodes.

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* RaceAgainstTheClock: Both throughout the seasons (Linc (Lincoln must be broken out before his set execution, Michael must break Whistler out before Gretchen's deadline) and during specific episodes.



* ShippedInShackles: Linc is usually moved around like this, but sometime subverted when the guards go easy on the shackles because he's a good prisoner/they want him to break out.

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* ShippedInShackles: Linc Lincoln is usually moved around like this, but sometime subverted when the guards go easy on the shackles because he's a good prisoner/they want him to break out.prisoner.



** In the first episode Michael starts out as this; his first few days of prison (seeing someone knifed, being tortured) cuts into his bravado considerably.
** Hector, in a minor character example.

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** In the first episode Michael starts out as this; his first few days of prison (seeing -- which include seeing someone knifed, knifed and being tortured) tortured -- cuts into his bravado considerably.
** Sucre's cousin Hector, in a minor character example.



* SuddenlyShouting: Used to very great effect by [[TheStoic Michael]] on a few occasions, most notably during the scene where he's blackmailing the president and begins chewing the scenery out of ''[[UpToEleven nowhere]]''.
--> "PARDON. ON STAGE. NOW."

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* SuddenlyShouting: Used to very great effect by [[TheStoic Michael]] on a few occasions, with one of the most notably during memorable occasions being the scene where he's blackmailing the president and he begins chewing the scenery out of ''[[UpToEleven nowhere]]''.
--> "PARDON."[[PunctuatedForEmphasis PARDON. ON STAGE. NOW."]]"



** Lincoln has at least one visible tattoo in the first season, but by season four much of his forearms and biceps are covered in tattoos. Which is... strange, as the entire series takes place within about six months, and the tattoos just kind of appeared with no explanation. [[note]]They are actor Dominic Purcell's actual tattoos.[[/note]]

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** Lincoln has at least one visible tattoo in the first season, but by season four much of his forearms and biceps are covered in tattoos. Which is... strange, as the entire series takes place within about six months, and the tattoos just kind of appeared with no explanation. [[note]]They are actor Dominic Purcell's actual tattoos.tattoos, and presumably they finally decided it was too much work to cover them up.[[/note]]
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