History Series / PrisonBreak

19th Sep '17 8:06:23 AM theladyvanishes
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* NeckSnap: [[spoiler:How T-Bag dispatches [=A&W=].

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* NeckSnap: [[spoiler:How T-Bag dispatches [=A&W=].]]
19th Sep '17 7:39:03 AM theladyvanishes
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* HappyEndingOverride: [[spoiler:At the end of season four, Michael and his team have apparently defeated ''everyone'' trying to get rid of them, up to and including the BigBad, Michael's with a pregnant Sara, Lincoln is reunited with Sophia and LJ, and the good guys are exonerated... Only for a TimeSkip to a reunion at Michael's tombstone. The grand finale takes this even further, having the exoneration not apply to Sara for her killing Christina, and Michael sacrifices himself to save her. Michael turns out to be alive in the fifth season and explains ''why'' the HappyEndingOverride had to occur in the first place.]]



* IdiotBall: Gets passed around a lot.
** [[spoiler:Savvy agent/assassin A&W has a gun pointed at T-Bag in the finale, but when agents storm the compound, she somehow forgets she's keeping an eye on an extremely dangerous enemy (whose son she just killed) and lets herself stare off at the commotion for more than a few seconds, letting the enraged T-Bag get the drop on her and kill her.]]

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* IdiotBall: Gets passed around a lot.
** [[spoiler:Savvy agent/assassin A&W has a gun pointed at T-Bag in
lot as the finale, plot demands, but when agents storm the compound, she somehow forgets she's keeping an eye on an extremely dangerous enemy (whose son she just killed) and lets herself stare off at the commotion for more than a few seconds, letting the enraged T-Bag get the drop on her and kill her.]]especially in later seasons.



* LukeIAmYourFather: Inverted. [[spoiler: Michael and Lincoln are told that they aren't 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.]]

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* LukeIAmYourFather: Inverted. [[spoiler: Michael and Lincoln are told that they aren't 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.anyway, and it's never brought up again.]]



* ManipulativeBastard: T-Bag, ''again''. And [[spoiler:Christina Rose]]. Michael at times, too.

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* ManipulativeBastard: T-Bag, ''again''. And [[spoiler:Christina Rose]]. Michael at times, too.too, though he at least feels guilty about it.


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* AtrociousAlias: More than one review has commented on the rather lame aliases of [=A&W=], Van Gogh, and Cyclops.


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* BuryYourGays: [[spoiler:Sid and [=A&W=].]]


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* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Lincoln mentions that he and Sophia broke up offscreen, but his son LJ doesn't even get a mention for some reason, and LJ himself never appears. Mahone suffers a similar fate despite being a main character in the original run.


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* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler:After all the trauma endured over the course of the entire series, the finale sees Michael finally reunited with his family and Lincoln is in a relationship with Sheba. Even T-Bag, back in prison, at least gets to beat up Jacob on the regular.]]


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* IdiotBall: [[spoiler:Savvy agent/assassin [=A&W=] has a gun pointed at T-Bag in the finale, but when agents storm the compound, she somehow forgets she's keeping an eye on an extremely dangerous enemy (whose son she just killed) and lets herself stare off at the commotion for more than a few seconds, letting the enraged T-Bag get the drop on her and kill her.]]
* KilledOffForReal: In a season that proved even the main character can come back from his apparently permanent death, [[spoiler:Kellerman, who also faked his death in an earlier season, is killed by Poseidon's agents.]]


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* ManipulativeBastard: [[spoiler:Jacob frames Michael and has him imprisoned because he wanted Sara. He also brainwashes Michael's own son against him.]]


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* NeckSnap: [[spoiler:How T-Bag dispatches [=A&W=].


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* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: Played with in season five. Poseidon ''knows'' what a captive Sara wouldn't say (such as calling MJ "Junior") but Michael willingly takes the bait to rescue her.


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* VillainDecay: T-Bag started the series as Michael's self-described mortal enemy, but by the end of this season he's somewhere between a very dark AntiHero and VillainProtagonist.


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* WoundedGazelleGambit: [[spoiler:Jacob has his own agents shoot him nonfatally to throw Sara off of his trail.]]
18th Sep '17 1:22:43 PM Noraneko
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** [[spoiler:Savvy agent/assassin A&W has a gun pointed at T-Bag in the finale, but when agents storm the compound, she somehow forgets she's keeping an eye on an extremely dangerous enemy (whose son she just killed) and lets herself stare off at the commotion for more than a few seconds, letting the enraged T-Bag get the drop on her and kill her.]]
25th Aug '17 8:56:33 PM flambeau
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* ForeignLanguageCover: Several of these are used during season three, which was set in Panama.



* IconicItem: The origami crane, which served as Michael's calling card in the early seasons and is featured heavily in the opening credits. The WholeEpisodeFlashback revealed that Lincoln used to leave them by Michael's pillow when they were children to reassure Michael that he was looking out for him, and Michael leaves one behind when he decides that it's time for him to look out for Lincoln instead. In the final shot of season four, the paper crane makes a reappearance as Lincoln leaves one on Michael's grave. They also make a return appearance in season five.

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* IconicItem: The origami crane, which served as Michael's calling card in the early seasons and is was featured heavily in the first season opening credits. The WholeEpisodeFlashback revealed that reveals it to be a symbol of devotion for the brothers -- Lincoln used to leave them by Michael's pillow when they were children to reassure Michael that he was looking out for him, and Michael leaves one behind when he decides that it's time for him to look out for Lincoln instead. In instead -- and they appear throughout the final shot series.
** Origami in general, actually, is this for Michael. The origami flower he gives to Sara as a birthday present is what moves their relationship beyond general flirting, and it's one
of season four, the paper crane makes a reappearance as Lincoln leaves one on Michael's grave. They also make a first things he returns it to her after her return appearance from the dead. He also has a tendency to send her messages folded in season five.various shapes, as it's an easy way for her to know they're from him without him needing to sign his name (which is useful when you're a fugitive).
25th Aug '17 8:38:08 PM flambeau
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* [[Fanservice]]: Michael has several shirtless scenes in the early seasons, ostensibly to showcase his tattoos, but it also treated viewers to some very quality shots of his naked upper body.
* FanDisservice: Any scene where Bellick was shirtless.

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* [[Fanservice]]: {{Fanservice}}: Michael has several shirtless scenes in the early seasons, ostensibly to showcase his tattoos, but it also treated viewers to some very quality shots of his naked upper body.
body. And that scene in the showers with the towel was obviously this.
* FanDisservice: Any scene where Bellick was is shirtless.



* ForeignLanguageCover: Several of these are used during season three, which was set in Panama.



* IconicItem: The origami crane, which served as Michael's calling card in the early seasons and is featured heavily in the opening credits. The WholeEpisodeFlashback revealed that Lincoln used to leave them by Michael's pillow when they were children to reassure Michael that he was looking out for him, and Michael leaves one behind when he decides that it's time for him to look out for Lincoln instead. In the final shot of season four, the paper crane makes a reappearance as Lincoln leaves one on Michael's grave. They also make a return appearance in season five.



** Mahone eventually beats his addiction to a drug called Veratril.

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** Mahone eventually beats his addiction to heroin and a drug called Veratril. Veratril.



* RewindReplayRepeat: Michael and Lincoln's video message in "The Message" receives this treatment from the FBI agents examining it for clues.



* SofterAndSlowerCover : Season 3 ends with a slower, Spanish-language cover of Creator/RoyOrbison 's "Crying."

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* SofterAndSlowerCover : SofterAndSlowerCover: Season 3 ends with a slower, Spanish-language cover of Creator/RoyOrbison 's "Crying."
25th Aug '17 8:12:21 PM flambeau
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* AdultFear: In the first season, Lincoln's son, LJ, is framed for the murder of his mother and step-dad and briefly goes on the run. Lincoln is beside himself with worry, and pleads with anyone who will listen to allow him to join the search. LJ continues to [[IHaveYourWife serve this function for Lincoln]] up through the end of season three, when he was finally PutOnABus.



** [[spoiler: Michael post-season four, although it may not have been voluntary]].

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** [[spoiler: Michael post-season four, although it may not have been voluntary]].wasn't voluntary]].
* [[Fanservice]]: Michael has several shirtless scenes in the early seasons, ostensibly to showcase his tattoos, but it also treated viewers to some very quality shots of his naked upper body.
* FanDisservice: Any scene where Bellick was shirtless.



* MercyLead: Agent Lang does this for Mahone after he escapes custody.



* 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]].

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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 [[ClarkKenting pair of glasses glasses]] or a [[InTheHood hoodie]] from time to time]].time. [[FridgeBrilliance This is probably why they get captured so frequently]].



* PetTheDog: Kellerman in ''Wash'', Gretchen in ''Blowback''

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* PayEvilUntoEvil: In the season two episode "The Message", Haywire kills the abusive father of a teen girl that he met earlier that day.
* PetTheDog: Kellerman in ''Wash'', Gretchen in ''Blowback''''Blowback''.



* RedOniBlueOni: Lincoln is the red to Michael's blue.



* SeriesContinuityError: In season one, Lincoln tells Sara that his mother died of liver cancer. In season four, it suddenly becomes a brain tumor (that Michael apparently inherited). And also it turns out that she's not actually dead after all. Which was probably for the best, as the writers could never seem to decide how many years she'd been dead for either (it's said to be anywhere from 20 to 25).

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* SeriesContinuityError: In season one, Lincoln tells Sara that his mother died of liver cancer. In season four, it suddenly becomes a brain tumor (that Michael apparently inherited). And inherited), and also it turns out that she's not actually dead after all. Which all (which was probably for the best, as the writers could never seem to decide how many years she'd been dead for either (it's said to be -- season four has it at anywhere from 20 to 25).25 years, and Michael's age at the time was either six or twelve).
25th Aug '17 7:52:08 PM flambeau
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* BabiesEverAfter: Subverted. [[spoiler: Sara has Michael Jr., but Michael himself is presumed dead and missing for eleven years.]]

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* BabiesEverAfter: Subverted. [[spoiler: Sara has Michael Jr., but Michael himself is presumed dead and missing for eleven several years.]]



** 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 yet another HellholePrison 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 season four finale. Despite the reboot revealing that he's actually still alive, he's still been forced to spend the past ten or eleven several years working dirty jobs for the a rogue government faction while everyone he loves believes him to be dead, and winds up in yet another HellholePrison after he begins refusing to cooperate.]]


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* SeriesContinuityError: In season one, Lincoln tells Sara that his mother died of liver cancer. In season four, it suddenly becomes a brain tumor (that Michael apparently inherited). And also it turns out that she's not actually dead after all. Which was probably for the best, as the writers could never seem to decide how many years she'd been dead for either (it's said to be anywhere from 20 to 25).
25th Aug '17 7:23:43 PM flambeau
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''Prison Break'' is a US TV series that ran for four seasons on the Fox Network between 2005 and 2009, concluding with a direct-to-DVD movie, 'The Final Break'. It was recently revived for a nine episode fifth season which aired in the spring of 2017, with many of the original cast members returning (the first trailer can be viewed [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9T-9fZn_oA here]]). The first season follows Michael and Lincoln as they assemble an escape team, avoid the suspicions of the prison staff and put Michael's plan into action, while their lawyer friend [[HelloAttorney Veronica]] tries to uncover the conspiracy that's framing Lincoln. Later seasons involved the characters becoming fugitives, breaking out of other prisons and eventually taking on [[TheSyndicate "The Company"]], a shadowy cabal responsible for framing Lincoln in the first place. Like ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]'', the show features a serialized story structure and a highly suspenseful plot. The story is quite dark, with many examples of [[AnyoneCanDie death]], [[ColdBloodedTorture torture]] and [[PrisonRape rape]], and the cast contains some well-rounded characters with complex personalities. However, "RefugeInAudacity" is pretty much the show's motto, and it gained notoriety for throwing in a big ReTool every season.

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''Prison Break'' is a US TV series that ran for four seasons on the Fox Network between 2005 and 2009, concluding with a direct-to-DVD movie, 'The Final Break'. It was recently later revived for a nine episode fifth season which aired in the spring of 2017, with many most of the original cast members returning (the first trailer can be viewed [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9T-9fZn_oA here]]). returning. The first season follows Michael and Lincoln as they assemble an escape team, avoid the suspicions of the prison staff -- including Sara, the prison doctor who unexpectedly becomes integral to the scheme and Michael himself -- and put Michael's plan into action, [[TwoLinesNoWaiting while their lawyer friend friend]] [[HelloAttorney Veronica]] tries to uncover the conspiracy that's framing Lincoln. Later seasons Seasons two through four involved the characters becoming fugitives, breaking out of other prisons and eventually taking on [[TheSyndicate "The Company"]], a shadowy cabal responsible for framing Lincoln in the first place. The fifth season [[{{Retcon}} retconned]] the GrandFinale in season four, and [[TropesAreNotBad brought the characters back together once again]] to take on a rogue [=CIA=] faction known as 21-Void.

Like ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]'', the show features a serialized story structure and a highly suspenseful plot. The story is quite dark, with many examples of [[AnyoneCanDie death]], [[ColdBloodedTorture torture]] and [[PrisonRape rape]], and the cast contains some well-rounded characters with complex personalities. However, "RefugeInAudacity" is pretty much the show's motto, and it gained notoriety for throwing in a big ReTool every season.



* {{Retcon}}: The timeline was heavily retconned between Seasons 4 and 5. Originally Michael died November 4, 2005 as seen on his grave marker, and the plot of the entire first four seasons took place over a couple of months in 2005. In order to enable the event series to be set in 2017 - with Michael "dead" seven years and his son seven years old -, his date of death was changed to November 4, 2010. Apparently we are meant to believe that the hunt for the fugitives in season two and\or the search for Scylla took quite a bit longer than previously assumed ... Or something.

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* {{Retcon}}: The timeline was heavily retconned between Seasons 4 and 5. Originally Michael died November 4, 2005 -- as seen on his grave marker, marker -- and the plot of the entire first four seasons took place over a couple of months in 2005. In order to enable the event series to be set in 2017 - -- with Michael "dead" seven years and his son seven years old -, -- his date of death was changed to November 4, 2010. Apparently we are Either we're meant to believe that the hunt for the fugitives in season two and\or and/or the search for Scylla took quite a bit longer than previously assumed ... Or something.assumed, or it's possible that all of the events of the previous four seasons were changed to take place during 2010.
25th Aug '17 7:00:12 PM flambeau
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* DwindlingParty: The group fleeing Yemen is full of new characters who seem to exist mainly so that people other than Michael and Lincoln can die. They receive enough development to avoid being [[RedShirt]]s, but most of them are still dead by the end of the season.

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* DwindlingParty: The group fleeing Yemen is full of new characters who seem to exist mainly so that people other than Michael and Lincoln can die. They receive enough development to avoid being [[RedShirt]]s, [[RedShirt Red Shirts]], but most of them are still dead by the end of the season.



* FramingTheGuiltyParty: Michael's ultimate goal is [[spoiler: framing Poseidon for the murder that Poseidon framed him for, by planting evidence in his office and recreating the pictures that Poseidon deleted of the crime being committed]]. From the issues he raises about the evidence, it's pretty obvious that the Director of the [=CIA=] is aware this is what Michael is doing, but he still lets him go free after the plot to implicate Michael is confirmed by Poseidon's own accomplice.



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* DwindlingParty: The group fleeing Yemen is full of new characters who seem to exist mainly so that people other than Michael and Lincoln can die. They receive enough development to avoid being [[RedShirt]]s, but most of them are still dead by the end of the season.


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* PlatonicDeclarationOfLove: A simply ''beautiful'' example of this trope occurs between Michael and Lincoln in their final scene. It's quite appropriate as an ending, considering the love between the two brothers was often the driving force behind the entire show.
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