Created By: wrpen99 on November 19, 2011 Last Edited By: morenohijazo on June 4, 2013

Prisoner Prologue

You just got out of prison, and at the same time you learned how to play this game!

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Basically, you were thrown in jail/are being led to your execution/have just been caught by the police. Now, you're trying to break out/get away from them/have been released. And the tutorial is here to help.

This is my first YKTTW, so I guess that's it for a description. Now for an example!

  • In The Elder Scrolls, save for daggerfall (I don't know how the first game begins), you are a prisoner and have just been released, complete with documents, in Morrowind, escaped from jail with the help of the emperor himself in Oblivion, and from your execution with the help of a dragon and either an imperial soldier or a member of a rebellion in Skyrim. Right after both of these you start the tutorial. The very embodiment of this trope.
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  • November 19, 2011
    Abodos
    • Done rather cleverly in Batman Arkham City. You first get control of Batman when he is in his Bruce Wayne persona in Hugo Strange's custody at the base of Wonder Tower. However, this was all a ruse orchestrated by Batman so that he could get into Arkham City while keeping people from wondering about Wayne's whereabouts during that time; once the Penguin has brought him into the middle of the place, he stops holding back against his attackers and gets to a place where he can have his Batsuit airdropped.
  • November 19, 2011
    surgoshan
    ^ I'm pretty sure that Batman didn't orchestrate Wayne's arrest; that was all Hugo Strange. Of course, once he's inside, who's Batman to say no to a chance to explore Arkham City?
  • November 19, 2011
    KZN02
    Not sure if it's close, but in Gears Of War, Marcus Fenix is freed from his jail cell in the beginning of the game by his friend Dom, who also arms him for the incoming Locust.
  • November 20, 2011
    Koveras
    @OP: All core TES games, in fact, start with you as a prisoner, except Daggerfall, where you're just trapped in a cave.
  • November 20, 2011
    wrpen99
    Another example: In Dark Souls, a knight will drop a body from which you can take a key to unlock your cell.
  • November 20, 2011
    Folamh3
  • November 22, 2011
    wrpen99
    The original idea for Fallout 3 was that: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van_Buren_(Fallout_3)
  • November 22, 2011
    wrpen99
    ^^You should probably put in a short summary instead of a link to the wikipedia article.
  • November 22, 2011
    Koveras
    @OP: Daggerfall begins with you already a legal agent of The Emperor, but your ship is caught in a storm and you end up in a cave somewhere on the coast. Said cave is the Tutorial Level you have to fight out of before the game proper begins.
  • November 25, 2011
    morenohijazo
    F.E.A.R. 3 has its first level, which serves as the tutorial, located in a prison. I don't know if this counts.
  • November 26, 2011
    Koveras
    Just remembered that actually, we already have this: You All Meet In A Cell.
  • June 2, 2013
    Koveras
    To whoever necrobumped this: we already have it, it's called You All Meet In A Cell.
  • June 2, 2013
    StarSword
    Agreed. Motion to discard.
  • June 2, 2013
    NESBoy
    We could still use this trope, as unlike You All Meet In A Cell, it doesn't require the protagonist(s) to meet any new allies that subsequently join their quest. It's just a straightforward breakout.

    • Kunio Tachi No Banka begins with Kunio and Riki going to jail for a crime they didn't commit. They meet some hoodlums in their cell who attempt to make them join their gang, and the duo proceed to beat them up to prove their superiority over them. The next day, Kunio and Riki are visited by Hiroshi, who tells them that things at Kunio's school are going out of control. He also lets slip of a rumor of an Identical Stranger. Kunio resolves to break out no matter the cost, and the hoodlums help out by faking stomach cramps. They subdue the guard and Kunio and Riki make a break for freedom. They find Hiroshi, who provides them a ladder to climb over the prison wall. The sequence ends with Kunio and Riki running away from the prision complex. Interestingly, the game's actual title screen doesn't come up until Kunio and Riki escape.
  • June 2, 2013
    StarSword
    Laconic for YAMIAC says "Story begins with characters in captivity." Doesn't specify whether meeting anyone is involved.
  • June 2, 2013
    crazysamaritan
    ^ you're missing the plural in your reading, then. "CharaterS". That said, I don't think we need Justified Tutorial plus You All Meet In A Cell. The latter can be expanded into "One or more characters begins the story in captivity".
  • June 2, 2013
    crazysamaritan
    I'm trying to transfer the examples here to YAMIAC. Gonna need some time, though.
  • June 2, 2013
    Koveras
    @crazysamaritan: This is because You All Meet In A Cell is a derivative of You All Meet In An Inn, a Stock Phrase said by the Dungeon Master to the Player Party at the beginning of many Dungeons And Dragons games. Since tabletop games are rarely played with one participant, it's worded as a plural but it doesn't mean it has to have multiple main characters to qualify. Video games, for instance. typically only have one player character, who can start off in prison and still count.
  • June 3, 2013
    crazysamaritan
    What are you expecting me to argue? Whatever it is, I'll happily do it, I just don't know what the position you're disagreeing with is.
  • June 3, 2013
    Koveras
    I am not arguing, I am explaining why the trope page came to include something that isn't implied by its title, that's all. :)
  • June 3, 2013
    rgeminas
    The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings has a variant of this: the tutorial is Geralt explaining to his captor how he got there.
  • June 3, 2013
    crazysamaritan
    ^^ You explained the snowclone. You claimed the definition. YAMIAC will need some repair to expand it to cover your claim.
  • June 3, 2013
    crazysamaritan
    All examples have been moved to You All Meet In A Cell.
  • June 3, 2013
    Stratadrake
    I agree that I think You All Meet In A Cell needs some kind of TRS. The snowclone title is definitely a problem if we're expanding the trope to "any kind of in-prison opening".
  • June 4, 2013
    Koveras
    ^ I concur.
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