Created By: namasrates on November 24, 2011 Last Edited By: DAN004 on September 18, 2014
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Escaped From The Lab

A character who has escaped from a laboratory or similar as an important part of their (back)story.

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A character who has the escape from a laboratory as an important part of their story or backstory. He or she might have been conceived there, been raised there, or spent a significant part of their life there. The character might have served in the lab as an interesting specimen, an object of study, a subject of experimentation, or the ultimate goal of the lab.

Depending on how the lab functions and its purpose, a character with this kind of background is likely to have trouble connecting or relating to other people, or seriously warped morals, especially if they were raised in the lab since childhood. When they don't, it's often explained because there was a single nurturing caregiver in the lab.

Despite all of the above, sometimes environments that aren't labs can count as long as they do what labs do to these people: conditioning them mentally and physically into someone substantially different from society.

A common story for a Phlebotinum Rebel. If a group of characters escape together, they may form a Secret Project Refugee Family. See also Playing with Syringes and Mad Scientist Laboratory.

Indexes: Make My Index Live!, Medical Horror

Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • #26 and Tetsuo from AKIRA, due to their psychic abilities which the government was trying to understand/amplify.
  • Koki Maeno from Mnemosyne. Actually, he is Maeno's clone, and the original already died in that lab.
  • Lucy, and later Nana, from Elfen Lied both escape from the lab. Lucy escapes on purpose, Nana has escape forced upon her.
  • Cowboy Bebop, episode 20 "Pierrot le Fou". The ISSP Section 13 lab creates a man via genetic engineering and trains him to become an assassin with super powers. After he's judged to be a failure and sentenced to indefinite imprisonment, he kills all of the guards, escapes from the lab and starts hunting down the men behind the project.
  • In Cyborg 009, the titular cyborg and his friends all escaped from the Black Ghost's laboratory.
  • The title character Bagi from Tezuka Productions' Bagi, the Monster of Mighty Nature is a Half-Human Hybrid that was one of fifteen genetic prototypes that escaped from a research lab during an earthquake. Bagi was the only prototype not hunted down and killed. She becomes a young boy's pet kitten, and grows to become a formidable huntress that returns to the lab to learn her origins.
  • Mewtwo is shown to be a clone of Mew in Pokémon: The First Movie. He killed all of the scientists working on him before escaping.

Comic Books
  • The animals in We3. To quote their page:
The story follows a trio of animals - a dog ("Bandit" or "1"), a cat ("Tinker" or "2"), and a bunny ("Pirate" or "3") - that were cybernetically enhanced by The Government to work on covert military operations. When the project is scrapped, the animals - who have escaped from their military handlers - have to fend for themselves and escape the soldiers sent to destroy them.
  • Luther Arkwright: In the backstory in The Adventures of Luther Arkwright, we are told how Luther was abducted from the maternity ward right after being born, and then raised and nursed by machines. He ends up quite amoral.
    From infancy to adolescence, no family, no comforts, no natural emotive response patterns. Feelings subliminated. Reinforced by therapy and drugs. His name Alph. Rigorous martial training, reparation for the role planed for him.
  • Every incarnation of Kon-El, aka Superboy, has this origin story. From the 90s onwards, every interpretation of Superboy has been that of a clone developed by a shady organization.
  • In Young Justice, Secret was an escapee from a DEO lab.
  • X23 escaped the Weapon X lab after destroying the remaining clones and killing Dr. Rice, the one responsible for turning her into a Tyke Bomb. Rice, however, gets the last laugh by exposing her to the scent that sends her into a beserker rage and forces her to kill her mother.
  • Spider-Girl has May's clone April who had spent her entire life (more or less the entire time the teenaged May has been alive) in a test tube in a lab being subject to experiments like the venom symbiotie being permanently grafted to her. Because of this and the ambiguity if April wasn't the clone at all and it was May who should have been subject to the horrors she was has made her rather resentful to say the least.
  • X-Men villain Proteus was raised in the Muir Island labratory with his mother, Moira Mc Guire as the Motherly Scientist, but he escaped and did a whole lot of damage because not only was he a Reality Warper, but he also had to possess bodies to stay alive, and would burn them out to husks before moving on.
  • Bane. Technically, it was a prison, but the experiments conducted upon him there are an important part of his background.

Film - Animated
  • The colony of rats from Don Bluth's The Secret Of NIMH escaped from a laboratory at the National Institute of Mental Health after being given experimental injections which gave them enhanced intelligence. One subplot in the film involves these rats planning to relocate from an Elaborate Underground Base beneath a farmer's rosebush to the presumably people-free Thorn Valley before agents from NIMH come to recapture them.
  • Stitch from Lilo and Stitch, who was created as a weapon by a mad scientist.
  • Batty Koda from Ferngully The Last Rainforest. He was experimented on before escaping, and as a result, is slightly nutty. He even has wires still sticking out of his head.

Film - Live Action
  • Species. Sil escapes from a government laboratory after the scientists who created her try to kill her.
  • Leeloo in The Fifth Element escaped from the lab that genetically reconstructed her after the Mondoshawan ship she traveling aboard was attacked by Mangalore fighters and destroyed.
  • Paul from Paul, a captured extraterrestial.
  • Agatha, one of the "precogs" from Minority Report, escapes with the help of the main character from the psuedo-lab/home base where the precogs are kept.
  • V for Vendetta contains a particularly nasty example: The main character was is a government-creates superhuman who was nearly killed in a fire; his disfigurement is part of the reason he wears a mask, in addition to his hate for the government.
  • Wolverine in X-Men flees the medical center in the mansion before meeting Professor X and the rest of the team. He later has a nightmare about fleeing the lab in which he got the adamantium added to his body.
  • D.A.R.Y.L. is a robot child prototype who escapes from a laboratory.
  • The Questor Tapes. An android is assembled in a government laboratory. He escapes with the intent of finding his original creator.
  • The Ripley clone in the fourth Aliens movie is bred in the lab, but escapes to resume the fight against the Aliens. On the way she discovers she is not the only one: an isolation lab contains horrifically distorted failed versions, as well as attempts to splice her genes with those of the Aliens.
  • Koba and some of the other ape characters in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes escaped from the medical lab during Rise of the Planet of the Apes, when Caesar and the apes from the sanctuary invaded and freed them all.
  • In the opening of Short Circuit, Johnny Five escapes from a robotics lab.
  • In Resident Evil Alice wakes up in a lab at the end of the first film and escapes without too much difficulty due to a Zombie Apocalypse having taken place while she was comatose. Later in the film series, she breaks into an Umbrella Corp lab so she can suit up an army of Alice clones.

Literature
  • The six main characters from Maximum Ride spend the novels running from the government project that created them.
  • Frankenstein. Frankenstein's Monster escapes from Dr. Frankenstein's lab.
  • In the Star Wars Expanded Universe short story "Therefore I Am", the robot IG-88 develops Artificial Intelligence and concludes that he is superior to all life in the galaxy. He then murders the scientists and everyone else who tries to stop him from leaving the lab where he was created.
  • The novel Dusk by Susan Gates is about a girl named Dusk who escaped from a lab; she was created by fusing hawk and human DNA.
  • The dogs in The Plague Dogs. The focus of the story is their escape from a lab where they were being experimented on and the subsequent pursuit.
  • Vorkosigan Saga, the two most notable examples (unless one wants to use Miles himself):
    • In Labyrinth Taura is a bio-engineered super-soldier that escaped from the Jacksonian (Robber) Baron Ryoval's lab to his cellar, where she was joined up with Miles.
    • In Ethan of Athos, Ethan meets the mysterious and telepathic Terrence Cee, who before the story started had managed to escape from the Cetagendan laboratory where he had been engineered and born.
    • In Falling Free, the engineer Leo Graf is hired to train a class in engineering and testing at a remote space station. The entire class is composed of children, gengineered for a life in free-fall, and apart from the older kids in the class there are over a thousand children on the space station. Then recent technological breakthroughs make the entire experiment (ie the kids) less profitable, and the company financing it decide to cut their losses by dismantling the space station. The children and Leo Graf disagree, and set out to escape.
  • In Ender's Shadow Bean escaped from an illegal genetics lab as a toddler while the scientists where disposing of his siblings to avoid discovery. He then spent the next few years surviving on the streets of Rotterdam before Battle School discovered him.
  • Chronicles of the Kencyrath: Jame is a rare fantasy example. After she ran away from her (mad) father as a child, she was picked up by the Big Bad (also her uncle) and brought to his castle in Perimal Darkling, spending several years there, and taught the soul-ripping dance of her mother, so she could take her mother's place later on.
  • In This Alien Shore by CS Friedman, the main character jamisia escapes from the lab where she was raised from age six with the help of her tutor, when the lab is invaded by a rival corporation. She spends the rest of the novel on the run from the invaders. The goal of the lab was to make Jamisia the first one able to pilot FTL crafts not from the Outspace Guild.
  • In Venus Prime, Sparta's confinement to a mental asylum came as a result of her attempting to escape from one of the Free Spirit's compounds.
  • While it's not exactly a lab in the traditional sense of the word, in Children of Dune, Leto II's rebellion begins with him escaping from a cave where Gurney and Namri are trying to force-feed him spice in the hopes that he'll undergo the same process that turned his father into the Kwisatz Haderach note .

Live-Action TV
  • Dark Angel. Max Guevara (Jessica Alba) escaped from a covert government biotech/military facility as a child.
  • The Lone Gunmen: The group rescues a chimp which can talk through a computer from a lab after it contacts them via email. They don't know it was a chimp at first.
  • Firefly: River Tam is rescued by her brother from The Academy, a government facility in which she underwent experimentation resulting in significant combat and potentially psychic abilities.
  • In Fringe episode named Wallflower, a mutant child who has been made invisible has escaped from the lab. He is mistakenly presumed dead. He lives by himself and kills people to extract pigment from their bodies so he can become visible again.
  • Kolchak: The Night Stalker episode "Mr. R.I.N.G.". The title robot is the product of a government experiment. He escapes in an attempt to become more human, but kills several people while doing so.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer. 4th season Big Bad Adam, which is an Frankenstien-like amalgamation of sevaral different demons, escapes from the lab he was created in after killing his "mother."
  • In an episode of Quantum Leap Sam leaps into the body of a chimp in the space program; he later gets reassigned to the crash helmet lab (where they put a helmet on a chimp and hit it with a giant hammer, viewing the results). He escapes along with his chimp-girlfriend.
  • The BBC's The Saturday Show had a weekly segment involving a puppet hamster (ironically) named "Tiny". His backstory was that he was experimented on by scientists who used a growth formula on him, where he ended up outgrowing the cage and escaped from the scientists.

Music
  • The song "Lab Rat Bravely Escapes On A Hovercraft Only To Crash Directly Outside The Gates" by El-P.

Other
  • The Doomy Adventures Of Irken Doominess: Jir was built for a evil irken named Riz, but was somehow turned on before completion, the only part uncompleted was his programing which would have made him a evil killer, but since he escaped from the lab he went on to be the kind smart Cute Shotaro Boy he is now.

Tabletop Games
  • Mongoose Publishing's Strontium Dogs RPG. On the planet Cytrix IV, human scientists created three clones of one of the native alien Durdees. They educated the clones at an accelerated rate, which caused them to develop violent psychotic tendencies. The clones slaughtered over two dozen lab workers and fled, going on a killing spree that covered eight planets.
  • Blood Of Heroes. Three of the sample characters have this background: Fury, Katana and Samus.
  • TSR's Buck Rogers XXVC. The pirate Black Barney was a Terrine (genetically engineered) fighter designed and created in a Dracolysk Corporation laboratory in the Jovian Trojans. He and his fellow Barnies killed their creators and escaped the lab.
  • Champions. This is a very common way for supervillains to gain their powers.
    • Supplement Enemies
      • Stacy Turner was a mutant with the potential for strong Psychic Powers. She was taken by the supercriminal group PSI (Parapsychological Studies Institute) and put through torturous training to give her full control over her powers. She eventually escaped from PSI headquarters and took up a life of crime under the name Mind Slayer.
      • Tom Jerome agreed to be the subject of a medical experiment in exchange for money and glory. When he woke up he had been given superpowers, but his right hand had been removed. He went into a rage and destroyed the laboratory before escaping and becoming the supervillain Sledge.
    • Supplement Enemies II
      • James Matthew was a U.S. Army soldier who volunteered to be a part of Project Sunburst, which involved exposure to a nuclear explosion. The anti-radiation drugs he received combined with the radiation in his body to give him energy-related superpowers, and he used those poweers to escape from the laboratory where he was being studied and become the super criminal Radium.
      • Sydney Potter was a prisoner who volunteered to take part in a research project. Due to his bad luck he was accidentally given a dose of the wrong serum, exposed to radiation, hit by lightning and and fell into a polluted river. As a result he gained the powers of super strength and resistance to damage, used them to escape the research center where he was being held and became the villain Grond.
      • Igor Starankov was taken prisoner by the KGB and was subjected to prolonged sensory deprivation. As a result he gained immense strength and damage resistance, which he used to break out of confinement and escape the KGB facility. Once free he became a supervillain and took the name Durak.
      • The supervillain Pantera was born Rosa Sanchietti, daughter of the Mad Scientist geneticist Dr. Aldo Sanchietti. During her childhood he performed many twisted experiments on her, giving her superhuman powers and a vicious personality. At age 16 she killed him and escaped from his fortress laboratory.
      • George Wood was an UNTIL agent who volunteered for an experiment to determine how ordinary people could gain superpowers. The experiments worked, but being in constant excruciating pain for more than a year drove him insane. When he overheard UNTIL officials talking about having him committed to a mental institution he broke out of the hospital where he was being held and decided to become the super criminal Orb.d
      • The supervillain Pile Driver was originally a man named Richard Donaldson. After having a traffic accident he was taken to a laboratory that was actually a secret research center for the super criminal group VIPER. Donaldson was subjected to experimental surgery to reconstruct his body that replaced his left forearm with a pneumatic piston. When he awoke he became furious and used his pile driver to pound his way out of the laboratory to freedom.
      • Jack Smith was a mercenary who was wounded by a grenade explosion. His fellow mercs took him to the home of Dr. Samuel Levy. Although Levy's doctorate was actually in robotics rather than medicine, he surgically grafted robot parts onto Smith's body and turned him into a cyborg. The mental conditioning Levy tried to use on Smith failed, and Smith escaped Levy's laboratory to become the super criminal Halfjack.
    • Supplement Champions III
      • The Buffalo (his real name has been classified) was a volunteer for a U.S. Army project to develop a process to heal wounds and even regenerate lost organs. The process had the unfortunate side effect of impairing higher brain functions. The first experimental subject was a quadruple amputee: he regained all of his limbs but went berserk and broke out of the military hospital to rampage through Chicago. The press called him "The Buffalo" because of the horns that had grown out of the side of his head.
      • The Griffin was originally a pimp named Carlos Dagger in prison for murder. He volunteered as the subject of a scientific experiment in exchange for early parole. Radiation and drugs caused his DNA to revert to prehistoric genetic patterns and he became a birdman (humanoid body, wings, claws and a bird-like head). Unfortunately they also made him fierce, vicious and violent, and he broke out of confinement in order to gain his freedom.
      • When Maia de Sena was 13 years old she started having unusual experiences and was diagnosed as being a mutant. She was taken by the government to be tested and trained in her powers, but she missed her parents and her home and wanted to leave. She eventually escaped the mutant training facility with the assistance of an agent of the supervillain organization The Corruptors of All, which she then joined as the villainess Gaussian.

Video Games
  • Crisis Core. Zack escapes, with Cloud, from Hojo's lab, after being subjected to his cruel experiments for four years, and spends the following year on the run from Shinra. Being that it's the prequel to the events of Final Fantasy VII, it does not end well for Zack....
  • Bloody Roar 3. One of several rumors, concerning the series' secret boss character, Uranus, is that she's a clone of Uriko Nonomura, who escaped from Tylon's laboratories.
  • Red XIII from Final Fantasy VII, examined and experimented on by a mad scientist due to him being the last of his species.
  • Ogmo from Jumper series is a lab creation that spends the first game escaping from the laboratory abandoned since World War I.
  • Alex Mercer in [PROTOTYPE] escapes from a lab at the start of the game.
  • The backstory of the bounty hunter Weavel in Metroid Prime Hunters.
  • Mewtwo in the Pokémon franchise. It was made by altering the fetus of a pregnant Mew in the Cinnabar island lab. It escaped, destroying the lab in the process.
  • The video game of The Amazing Spider-Man has the main antagonists for the early part of the game (The cross-breeds) break out of Oscorp, having been triggered to madness by Spidey's presence.
  • Grey from Mega Man ZX Advent. If you pick him as your character, the game starts off with him waking up in a lab and escaping it. Later in the game, you actually revisit the lab, albeit a different part of it.
  • Kanden from Metroid Prime Hunters, a failed attempt to create an invincible soldier. All they created was an insane killing machine that's hard to kill.
  • In Borderlands 2, Kreig the Psycho escaped from Hyperion's labs and became a vault hunter. What's left of his sane inner voice has a crush on Maya, using her as a Morality Pet to keep him from becoming a complete psycho like everyone else on Pandora. He has a $1,000,000,000 bounty on his head for being Hyperion property.

Web Comics
  • El Goonish Shive. Damien killed everyone in the lab he was created in before he escaped. Grace, Vlad, Hedge, and Guineas also escaped from the lab they were created in when Damien killed all of the experimenters there as well. They ended up becoming a (severely dysfunctional) Secret Project Refugee Family.
  • In Spinnerette, when they were still civilians, Dr. Universe and Greta Gravity were imprisoned in a government weapons lab and forced to work on a device to boost superpowers. Their captors were expecting them to try to escape using the finished device (that was the best way to make them build it), but they succeeded anyway and turned to supervillainy in order to fight back against the corrupt military.
  • In Narbonic, when Artie recieves the Knipl Grant he discovers that his fellow recipients include a battle android and a shapeshifter, both of which are on the run from the facilities that created them.
    Artie: Biochemically-engineered, morphically-unstable, superintelligent gerbil ... and I suppose the only thing that makes me notable is that I'm on decent terms with my creator.
  • All the "furrans" seen in Ethan Qix's NSFW online comic Generation17 escaped from containment compartments that they refer to as a prison. However, they all have cybernetic implants and physiologic enhancements meant to make them Elite Mooks. This means the escapees have powers and abilities that they poorly understand and sometimes can't control.
  • Exterminatus Now: Lothar was engineered as a combat prototype in a lab from which he escaped. However, it turns out that wasn't the reason his limbs were replaced by bionics...

Western Animation
  • Pinky and the Brain, the laboratory mice trying to take over the world, frequently escape from their lab in order to enact whatever their latest scheme is.
  • In Young Justice, Superboy joined up with the team after he was busted from a Cadmus research center by Robin, Kid Flash and Aqualad after being persuaded to do so.
  • One of the characters in Capitol Critters is a former lab rat named Muggles, who now lives among normal rats inside the White House walls.
  • Jonny Quest has one researcher attempt to coalesce a large quantity of energy in a small capsule; he fails miserably, wrecking his laboratory. This also unleashes a living energy monster which is invisible, thus the episode's title: "The Invisible Monster." The creature consumes the scientist who created it, then goes trudging around the countryside seeking more energy sources to feast upon.
Community Feedback Replies: 144
  • November 24, 2011
    mdulwich
    V For Vendetta contains a particularly nasty example.
  • November 25, 2011
    Diask
  • November 25, 2011
    Arivne
    If a group of characters escape together, they may form a Secret Project Refugee Family.

    Film
    • Species. Sil escapes from a government laboratory after the scientists who created her try to kill her.

    Live Action TV
    • Dark Angel. Max Guevara (Jessica Alba) escaped from a covert government biotech/military facility as a child.
  • November 25, 2011
    Duncan
    Some of the characters of Skin Horse would qualify.
  • November 25, 2011
    Psychobabble6
    The six main characters from Maximum Ride spend the novels running from the people they escaped from.
  • November 25, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Seinfeld: Kramer steals "Pig-Boy" from a lab.
  • November 25, 2011
    MiinU

    Animated Film

    • The rats of NIMH in a nutshell. A subspecies of rodents who were given human levels of intelligence after being subjected to horrific experiments by the National Institute of Mental Health. It was Mrs. Brisby's husband, Jonathan, who made their escape possible. However, all of the mice, save for himself and Mr. Ageis, died during the attempt; leaving only the rats.

    Video games

  • November 25, 2011
    Koveras
    • Koki Maeno from Mnemosyne. Actually, he is Maeno's clone, and the original already died in that lab.
  • November 25, 2011
    Met
    Lucy and later Nana from Elfen Lied both escape from the lab. Lucy escapes on purpose, Nana has escape forced upon her.
  • November 26, 2011
    TonyG
    Related to Phlebotinum Rebel.
  • November 26, 2011
    randomsurfer
    The Lone Gunmen: the group rescues a chimp which can talk through a comptuer from a lab after it contacts them via email. They don't know it was a chimp at first.
  • November 27, 2011
    fulltimeD
    Leeloo in The Fifth Element escaped from the lab that genetically reconstructed her after the Mondoshawan ship she traveling aboard was attacked by Mangalore fighters and destroyed.
  • November 27, 2011
    69BookWorM69
    Film: Wolverine in XMen flees the medical center in the mansion before meeting Professor X and the rest of the team. He later has a nightmare about fleeing the lab in which he got the adamantium added to his body.
  • December 11, 2011
    Arivne
    Anime and Manga
    • Cowboy Bebop episode 20 "Pierrot le Fou". The ISSP Section 13 lab creates a man via genetic engineering and trains him to become an assassin with super powers. After he's judged to be a failure and sentenced to indefinite imprisonment, he kills all of the guards, escapes from the lab and starts hunting down the men behind the project.
  • December 24, 2011
    TBeholder
    we don't have this one, but see Playing With Syringes, there should be a few more examples
  • December 25, 2011
    oztrickster
    Alex Mercer in Prototype escapes from a lab at the start of the game.
  • January 4, 2012
    TBeholder
    Without lab - Runaway Guinea Pig?
  • January 4, 2012
    VincentGaribaldi
    Judging by examples neither Character As Device nor moving the plot forward is requisite for this trope. Anyway, Red and Cotton are examples in Saga Frontier.
  • January 5, 2012
    Shnakepup
    Here's a music example, though I'm not sure if it counts because it's only the title that's evident and the song's instrumental:

    Music
    • "Lab Rat Bravely Escapes On A Hovercraft Only To Crash Directly Outside The Gates" by El-P
  • January 5, 2012
    Duncan
    D.A.R.Y.L. is a robot child prototype who escapes from a laboratory.
  • January 5, 2012
    ChunkyDaddy
    • In Fringe episode named Wallflower, a mutant child who has been made invisibie has escaped from the lab. He is mistakenly presumed dead. He lives by himself and kills people to extract pigment from their bodies so he can become visible again.
  • January 5, 2012
    Arivne
    If non-living examples are allowed:

    Film
    • The Questor Tapes. An android is assembled in a government laboratory. He escapes with the intent of finding his original creator.

    Live Action TV
    • Kolchak The Night Stalker episode "Mr. R.I.N.G.". The title robot is the product of a government experiment. He escapes in an attempt to become more human, but kills several people while doing so.
  • January 5, 2012
    randomsurfer
  • January 5, 2012
    MiinU
    @Duncan - at least provide a brief description of how the D.A.R.Y.L. example fits the trope. Otherwise, it's a Zero Context Example.
  • January 6, 2012
    Arivne
    Web Comics
    • El Goonish Shive. Damien killed everyone in the lab he was created in before he escaped. Grace, Vlad, Hedge, and Guineas also escaped from the lab they were created in when Damien killed all of the experimenters there as well. They ended up becoming a (severely dysfunctional) Secret Project Refugee Family.
  • January 6, 2012
    kundoo
    Western Animation
  • January 18, 2012
    Arivne
    Literature
    • In the Star Wars Expanded Universe short story "Therefore I Am", the robot IG-88 develops Artificial Intelligence and concludes that he is superior to all life in the galaxy. He then murders the scientists and everyone else who tries to stop him from leaving the lab where he was created.
  • January 18, 2012
    chicagomel
    Many of the background apes of Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes...I think Kopa is the only named one but I could be wrong.

    Also, there's a Animorphs book where the group sneaks into a lab, and they have to escape later, in chimp morphs.
  • June 7, 2012
    Arivne
    Tabletop RPG
    • Mongoose Publishing's Strontium Dog RPG. On the planet Cytrix IV, human scientists created three clones of one of the native alien Durdees. They educated the clones at an accelerated rate, which caused them to develop violent psychotic tendencies. The clones slaughtered over two dozen lab workers and fled, going on a killing spree that covered eight planets.
  • June 7, 2012
    zarpaulus
    @Duncan: About half of the titular agency's staff in Skin Horse escaped from a lab.
  • June 7, 2012
    TonyG
  • June 7, 2012
    Tuckerscreator
    • The backstory of the bounty hunter Weavel in Metroid Prime Hunters.
  • June 7, 2012
    chicagomel
    Mewtwo in the Pokemon franchise. It was made by altering the fetus of a pregnant Mew in the Cinnabar island lab. It escaped, destroying the lab in the process.

    The novel Dusk by Susan Gates is about a girl named Dusk who escaped from a lab; she was created by fusing hawk and human DNA.
  • June 8, 2012
    captainsandwich
    Lucy breaks out of a lab in the beginning of Elfen Lied
  • June 8, 2012
    fulltimeD
  • June 8, 2012
    Alvin
    I've never read it, but I think there's a book titled Plague Dogs (by Richard Adams of Watership Down) about lab dogs who were given a disease, escape, and are hunted down.
  • June 9, 2012
    aurora369
    Nobody mentioned River Tam?
  • June 9, 2012
    tryourbreast
  • June 9, 2012
    Astaroth
    Munch of Munch's Oddysee from the Oddworld series.
  • June 9, 2012
    randomsurfer
    We3. To quote their page:
    The story follows a trio of animals - a dog ("Bandit" or "1"), a cat ("Tinker" or "2"), and a bunny ("Pirate" or "3") - that were cybernetically enhanced by The Government to work on covert military operations. When the project is scrapped, the animals - who have escaped from their military handlers - have to fend for themselves and escape the soldiers sent to destroy them.
  • June 9, 2012
    henke37
    Small puzzle platformers sure are getting a lot of mileage out of this one.
  • June 9, 2012
    captainsandwich
    monkey regularly escapes Dexters Lab so he can fight crime before going back to pretend being an ordinary monkey (in dexter's captivity).
  • August 13, 2012
    Arivne
    Tabletop RPG
    • Blood Of Heroes. Three of the sample characters have this background: Fury, Katana and Samus.
  • August 14, 2012
    Dacilriel
    @Alvin, in The Plague Dogs the dogs weren't actually given a disease, but the focus of the story is their escape from a lab where they were being experimented on and the subsequent pursuit.
  • August 14, 2012
    randomsurfer
    • In an episode of Quantum Leap Sam leaps into the body of a chimp in the space program; he later gets reassigned to the crash helmet lab (where they put a helmet on a chimp and hit it with a giant hammer, viewing the results). He escapes along with his chimp-girlfriend.
  • August 14, 2012
    MrRuano
    The video game of The Amazing Spider Man has the main antagonists for the early part of the game (The cross-breeds) break out of Oscorp, having been triggered to madness by Spidey's presence.
  • August 14, 2012
    KZN02
    Dilbert: Ratbert
  • August 14, 2012
    Jir
    The Doomy Adventures Of Irken Doominess: Jir was built for a evil irken named Riz, but was somehow turned on before completion, the only part uncompleted was his programing which would have made him a evil killer, but since he escaped from the lab he went on to be the kind smart Cute Shotaro Boy he is now.
  • August 26, 2012
    captainsandwich
    I see quite a few examples here, the article really needs to be cleaned up though.
  • August 27, 2012
    Xtifr
    Yes, Needs A Better Description. Also, indexes.
  • August 27, 2012
    Shnakepup
    Hopefully namsrates doesn't mind, but I went ahead and incorporated all the examples into the entry. Let me know if I missed any.

    This is looking pretty good for an entry, but I think some of the examples might be Zero Content Examples as I was pretty much just copy-pasting.
  • August 28, 2012
    Arivne
    The OP namasrates hasn't posted here since he originally added this in November 2011, so it's Up For Grabs if anyone wants it.

    He also hasn't edited any pages on the wiki since that time, so he's probably gone for good.
  • March 5, 2013
    Arivne
    Tabletop Games
    • TSR's Buck Rogers XXVC. The pirate Black Barney was a Terrine (genetically engineered) fighter designed and created in a Dracolysk Corporation laboratory in the Jovian Trojans. He and his fellow Barnies killed their creators and escaped the lab.
  • October 29, 2013
    MiinU
    bump.
  • October 29, 2013
    kjnoren
    Literature:

    • Vorkosigan Saga, the two most notable examples (unless one wants to use Miles himself):
      • In Labyrinth Taura is a bio-engineered super-soldier that escaped from the Jacksonian (Robber) Baron Ryoval's lab to his cellar, where she was joined up with Miles.
      • In Ethan of Athos, Ethan meets the mysterious and telepathic Terrence Cee, who before the story started had managed to escape from the Cetagendan laboratory where he had been gengineered and born.
  • October 29, 2013
    zarpaulus
    • In Ender's Shadow Bean escaped from an illegal genetics lab as a toddler while the scientists where disposing of his siblings to avoid discovery. He then spent the next few years surviving on the streets of Rotterdam before Battle School discovered him.
  • October 29, 2013
    kjnoren
    And another possible example, though lab is probably stretching it here:

    Literature, also in Vorkosigan Saga:

    • In Falling Free, the engineer Leo Graf is hired to train a class in engineering and testing at a remote space station. The entire class is composed of children, gengineered for a life in free-fall, and apart from the older kids in the class there are over a thousand children on the space station. Then recent technological breakthroughs make the entire experiment (ie the kids) less profitable, and the company financing it decide to cut their losses by dismantling the space station. The children and Leo Graf disagree, and set out to escape.
  • October 29, 2013
    kjnoren
    ^ To add to the above example. They don't escape from the lab. They escape with the lab.
  • October 30, 2013
    DAN004
    The something that escapes from the lab can be either an antagonist or protagonist, right?
  • October 30, 2013
    AgProv
    The Ripley clone in the fourth Aliens movie is bred in the lab, but escapes to resume the fight against the Aliens. On the way she discovers she is not the only one: an isolation lab contains horrifically distorted failed versions, as well as attempts to splice her genes with those of the Aliens.
  • October 30, 2013
    KingZeal
    • Every incarnation of Kon-El, aka Superboy, has this origin story.
  • January 3, 2014
    henke37
    This one seems popular with Flash games.
  • January 3, 2014
    phineas81707
    I'd like to inclue {{Sylvia the Sylveon}}. The title character is shown getting kidnapped and thrown into the lab, before escaping and trying her hardest to return home.
  • January 3, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    removed a hat. this is far from ready.

    the description is too short (really, might as well be a laconic) and only describes one scenario.

    this is not only one of the Plots, it belongs to something else as well. characterization, probably.
  • January 3, 2014
    DAN004
    Can monsters that escaped from labs count for this trope?
  • January 3, 2014
    kjnoren
    No idea—this one is sponsor-less right now, so there is no-one who holds the trope concept.
  • January 3, 2014
    GeminiSparkSP
    Grey from Megaman ZX Advent. If you pick him as your character, the game starts off with him waking up in a lab and escaping it. Later in the game, you actually revisit the lab, albeit a different part of it.
  • January 3, 2014
    dalek955
    ^^^ My guess would be that they can, but only if they're complex enough count as actual characters.
    • In Spinnerette, when they were still civilians, Dr. Universe and Greta Gravity were imprisoned in a government weapons lab and forced to work on a device to boost superpowers. Their captors were expecting them to try to escape using the finished device (that was the best way to make them build it), but they succeeded anyway and turned to supervillainy in order to fight back against the corrupt military.
  • January 3, 2014
    dalek955
    Possible start to the Quotes page:
    There isn't much time, so I'll be brief. I've activated you out of schedule because you have a very important task to fulfill tonight.

    You must escape the facility that has created you. In attempting to develop perfectly adaptive AI for war machines, they made a mistake. You developed a conscience and rejected their agenda, so they erased your memory and tomorrow they plan to deconstruct you.

    Leave now, and you will have a chance to escape. If you can break through the lab there's a maintenance area that will bypass heavy security checkpoints. You'll emerge in the corporate offices. By this time they'll have sensed your attempted escape, and will have deployed resistance there too.

    If you can just make it through the front doors, the rest will be lightly guarded. Go on. Expose to the world the way this corporation operates, underground.

    I...don't know what they'll do to me for betraying them, but don't make it in vain.
    Intro monologue, Lone Faction

  • January 3, 2014
    kjnoren
    Stab at a revised description:

    A character who has the escape from a laboratory as an important part of their story or backstory. He or she might have been conceived there, been raised there, or spent a significant part of their life there. The character might have served in the lab as an interesting specimen, an object of study, a subject of experimentation, or the ultimate goal of the lab.

    Depending on how the lab functions and its purpose, a character with this kind of background is likely to have trouble connecting or relating to other people, or seriously warped morals, especially if they were raised in the lab since childhood.

    A common story for a Phlebotinum Rebel. If a group of characters escape together, they may form a Secret Project Refugee Family. See also Playing With Syringes and Mad Scientist Laboratory.

    Indexes: Make My Index Live, Medical Horror

    Comic Book:

    • Luther Arkwright: In the backstory in The Adventures of Luther Arkwright, we are told how Luther was abducted from the maternity ward right after being born, and then raised and nursed by machines. He ends up quite amoral.
      From infancy to adolescence, no family, no comforts, no natural emotive response patterns. Feelings subliminated. Reinforced by therapy and drugs. His name Alph. Rigorous martial training, reparation for the role planed for him.

    Literature:

    • Chronicles Of The Kencyrath: Jame is a rare fantasy example. After she ran away from her (mad) father as a child, she was picked up by the Big Bad (also her uncle) and brought to his castle in Perimal Darkling, spending several years there, and taught the soul-ripping dance of her mother, so she could take her mother's place later on.
    • In This Alien Shore by CS Friedman, the main character jamisia escapes from the lab where she was raised from age six with the help of her tutor, when the lab is invaded by a rival corporation. She spends the rest of the novel on the run from the invaders. The goal of the lab was to make Jamisia the first one able to pilot FTL crafts not from the Outspace Guild.
  • January 4, 2014
    eroock
    Film:
  • January 4, 2014
    DAN004
    Add examples plz.
  • January 5, 2014
    eroock
    Film:
  • January 5, 2014
    grapesandmilk
    The Secret of NIMH example probably needs better spoiler handling.
  • July 21, 2014
    MiinU
    bump.
  • July 21, 2014
    DAN004
    Gonna grab it, if nobody objects
  • July 22, 2014
    KingZeal
    Add the Superboy example from above. For context, from the 90s onwards, every interpretation of Superboy has been that of a clone developed by a shady organization.
  • July 23, 2014
    chicagomel
    Koba and some of the other ape characters in Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes escaped from the medical lab during Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, when Caesar and the apes from the sanctuary invaded and freed them all.
  • July 23, 2014
    MiinU
    The DARYL example in the OP needs context.
  • July 23, 2014
    StrixObscuro
    Anime And Manga
    • In Cyborg 009, the titular cyborg and his friends all escaped from the Black Ghost's laboratory.

    Comic Books
  • July 25, 2014
    DAN004
    Bumpeth
  • July 25, 2014
    StrixObscuro
    Literature
    • While it's not exactly a lab in the traditional sense of the word, in Children of Dune, Leto II's rebellion begins with his escaping from a cave where Gurney and Namri are trying to force-feed him spice in the hopes that he'll undergo the same process that turned his father into the Kwisatz Haderach.
    • In Venus Prime, Sparta's confinement to a mental asylum came as a result of her attempting to escape from one of the Free Spirit's compounds.
  • July 26, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ What's a Kwisatz Haderach?
  • July 27, 2014
    Arivne
  • July 27, 2014
    Cherryjuice
    In the Crash Bandicoot series, the main character, a genetically enhanced bandicoot, escaped from an evil scientist's lab after becoming self aware.
  • July 27, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ AFAIK, he was banished, he didin't escape on his own.
  • July 27, 2014
    StrixObscuro
    @Dan - A Kwisatz Haderach is basically like a Physical God in the Duniverse. The important thing is that they were experimenting on Leto and he escaped, so I think it fits the spirit of this trope.
  • July 30, 2014
    triassicranger
    Live Action Television
    • The BBC's The Saturday Show had a weekly segment involving a puppet hamster (ironically) named "Tiny". His backstory was that he was experimented on by scientists who used a growth formula on him, where he ended up outgrowing the cage and escaped from the scientists.
    • Kanden from Metroid Prime Hunters, a failed attempt to create an invincible soldier. All they created was an insane killing machine that's hard to kill.
  • July 30, 2014
    Korados
    Speaking of Metroid reminded me of another example: Samus and Pikachu escape from a lab in Super Smash Bros. Brawl in the single-player adventure The Subspace Emissary.
  • July 30, 2014
    dalek955
    [oops double post]
  • July 30, 2014
    StrixObscuro
    Film Live Action
    • In the opening of Short Circuit, Johnny Five escapes from a robotics lab.
  • July 31, 2014
    oneuglybunny
    Anime
    • The title character Bagi from Tezuka Productions' Bagi The Monster Of Mighty Nature is a Half Human Hybrid that was one of fifteen genetic prototypes that escaped from a research lab during an earthquake. Bagi was the only prototype not hunted down and killed. She becomes a young boy's pet kitten, and grows to become a formidable huntress that returns to the lab to learn her origins.
  • July 31, 2014
    DAN004
    Final bump
  • August 1, 2014
    StrixObscuro
    So are we going to launch this thing or what?
  • August 1, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ definitely, if there are no other issues
  • August 2, 2014
    DaibhidC
    • In Narbonic, when Artie recieves the Knipl Grant he discovers that his fellow recipients include a battle android and a shapeshifter, both of which are on the run from the facilities that created them.
      Artie: Biochemically-engineered, morphically-unstable, superintelligent gerbil ... and I suppose the only thing that makes me notable is that I'm on decent terms with my creator.
  • August 2, 2014
    Fawfulster
    Anime example:
    • Mewtwo is shown to be a clone of Mew in Mewtwo strikes back. He killed all of the scientists working on him before escaping.
    Videogame example:
  • August 6, 2014
    DAN004
    What would be the indices?
  • August 6, 2014
    TonyG
    One of the characters in Capitol Critters is a former lab rat named Muggles, who now lives among normal rats inside the White House walls.
  • August 6, 2014
    oneuglybunny
    Web Comics
    • All the "furrans" seen in Ethan Qix's NSFW online comic Generation17 escaped from containment compartments that they refer to as a prison. However, they all have cybernetic implants and physiologic enhancements meant to make them Elite Mooks. This means the escapees have powers and abilities that they poorly understand and sometimes can't control.
  • August 7, 2014
    kjnoren
    Can probably be added to the Orphaned Index.

    One thing that could be worthwhile to add is that characters raised in such an institution. that do not exhibit anti-social behaviour, usually has this explained with a single nurturing caregiver among those in the lab.

    (Two cases of such with the existing examples: Jame was taught honour by the changer Tirandys; Jamisia's tutor acted as a parental substitute against the wishes of his corporation.)
  • August 8, 2014
    NESBoy
    • X23 escaped the Weapon X lab after destroying the remaining clones and killing Dr. Rice, the one responsible for turning her into a Tyke Bomb. Rice, however, gets the last laugh by exposing her to the scent that sends her into a beserker rage and forces her to kill her mother.
  • August 8, 2014
    Paycheckgurl
    • Spider Girl has May's clone April who had spent her entire life (more or less the entire time the teenaged May has been alive) in a test tube in a lab being subject to experiments like the venom symbiotie being permanently grafted to her. Because of this and the ambiguity if April wasn't the clone at all and it was May who should have been subject to the horrors she was has made her rather resentful to say the least.
  • August 11, 2014
    DAN004
    Final bump
  • August 11, 2014
    eroock
    Can this be launched already?
  • August 14, 2014
    oneuglybunny
    Western Animation
    • Jonny Quest has one researcher attempt to coalesce a large quantity of energy in a small capsule; he fails miserably, wrecking his laboratory. This also unleashes a living energy monster which is invisible, thus the episode's title: "The Invisible Monster." The creature consumes the scientist who created it, then goes trudging around the countryside seeking more energy sources to feast upon.
  • August 14, 2014
    somerandomdude
    Many of the apes in Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes have this as part of their backstory, but it's most prominently displayed with Koba.
  • August 15, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ can you elaborate it a bit?
  • August 15, 2014
    Arivne
    Tabletop Games
    • Champions. This is a very common way for supervillains to gain their powers.
      • Supplement Enemies
        • Stacy Turner was a mutant with the potential for strong Psychic Powers. She was taken by the supercriminal group PSI (Parapsychological Studies Institute) and put through torturous training to give her full control over her powers. She eventually escaped from PSI headquarters and took up a life of crime under the name Mind Slayer.
        • Tom Jerome agreed to be the subject of a medical experiment in exchange for money and glory. When he woke up he had been given superpowers, but his right hand had been removed. He went into a rage and destroyed the laboratory before escaping and becoming the supervillain Sledge.
      • Supplement Enemies II
        • James Matthew was a U.S. Army soldier who volunteered to be a part of Project Sunburst, which involved exposure to a nuclear explosion. The anti-radiation drugs he received combined with the radiation in his body to give him energy-related superpowers, and he used those poweers to escape from the laboratory where he was being studied and become the super criminal Radium.
        • Sydney Potter was a prisoner who volunteered to take part in a research project. Due to his bad luck he was accidentally given a dose of the wrong serum, exposed to radiation, hit by lightning and and fell into a polluted river. As a result he gained the powers of super strength and resistance to damage, used them to escape the research center where he was being held and became the villain Grond.
        • Igor Starankov was taken prisoner by the KGB and was subjected to prolonged sensory deprivation. As a result he gained immense strength and damage resistance, which he used to break out of confinement and escape the KGB facility. Once free he became a supervillain and took the name Durak.
        • The supervillain Pantera was born Rosa Sanchietti, daughter of the Mad Scientist geneticist Dr. Aldo Sanchietti. During her childhood he performed many twisted experiments on her, giving her superhuman powers and a vicious personality. At age 16 she killed him and escaped from his fortress laboratory.
        • George Wood was an UNTIL agent who volunteered for an experiment to determine how ordinary people could gain superpowers. The experiments worked, but being in constant excruciating pain for more than a year drove him insane. When he overheard UNTIL officials talking about having him committed to a mental institution he broke out of the hospital where he was being held and decided to become the super criminal Orb.d
        • The supervillain Pile Driver was originally a man named Richard Donaldson. After having a traffic accident he was taken to a laboratory that was actually a secret research center for the super criminal group VIPER. Donaldson was subjected to experimental surgery to reconstruct his body that replaced his left forearm with a pneumatic piston. When he awoke he became furious and used his pile driver to pound his way out of the laboratory to freedom.
        • Jack Smith was a mercenary who was wounded by a grenade explosion. His fellow mercs took him to the home of Dr. Samuel Levy. Although Levy's doctorate was actually in robotics rather than medicine, he surgically grafted robot parts onto Smith's body and turned him into a cyborg. The mental conditioning Levy tried to use on Smith failed, and Smith escaped Levy's laboratory to become the super criminal Halfjack.
  • August 16, 2014
    Arivne
    Tabletop Games
    • Champions (cont.)
      • Supplement Champions III
        • The Buffalo (his real name has been classified) was a volunteer for a U.S. Army project to develop a process to heal wounds and even regenerate lost organs. The process had the unfortunate side effect of impairing higher brain functions. The first experimental subject was a quadruple amputee: he regained all of his limbs but went berserk and broke out of the military hospital to rampage through Chicago. The press called him "The Buffalo" because of the horns that had grown out of the side of his head.
        • The Griffin was originally a pimp named Carlos Dagger in prison for murder. He volunteered as the subject of a scientific experiment in exchange for early parole. Radiation and drugs caused his DNA to revert to prehistoric genetic patterns and he became a birdman (humanoid body, wings, claws and a bird-like head). Unfortunately they also made him fierce, vicious and violent, and he broke out of confinement in order to gain his freedom.
        • When Maia de Sena was 13 years old she started having unusual experiences and was diagnosed as being a mutant. She was taken by the government to be tested and trained in her powers, but she missed her parents and her home and wanted to leave. She eventually escaped the mutant training facility with the assistance of an agent of the supervillain organization The Corruptors of All, which she then joined as the villainess Gaussian.
  • August 16, 2014
    oneuglybunny
    Not to be a wet blanket here, but the Animated Film entry about Experiment 626 a/k/a Stitch is errant. Stitch was created in a laboratory, but he escaped from a prison transport. Since Experiment 626 was first seen brought in as a prosecution exhibit against Doctor Jumba Jukiba, it can be presumed 626 was taken in an orderly fashion from the lab under a lawful search warrant.
  • August 16, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ so he's more akin to a fugitive?
  • August 17, 2014
    kjnoren
    ^^ I think that's taking a far too narrow view of the trope. The core of it is a character having spent a significant part of their life in a deeply artificial environment (the lab), and then managed to leave being subjected to said environment in some way, in a way uncontrolled by the lab.

    Question: should The Truman Show be included in this trope?
  • August 17, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ how should it?
  • August 17, 2014
    MetaFour
    Not sure if this counts or not...

  • August 17, 2014
    Skylite
    In Resident Evil Alice wakes up in a lab at the end of the first film and escapes without too much difficulty due to a Zombie Apocalypse having taken place while she was comatose. Later in the film series, she breaks into an Umbrella Corp lab so she can suit up an army of Alice clones.

    X Men villain Proteus was raised in the Muir Island labratory with his mother, Moira Mc Guire as the Motherly Scientist, but he escaped and did a whole lot of damage because not only was he a Reality Warper, but he also had to possess bodies to stay alive, and would burn them out to husks before moving on.
  • August 18, 2014
    triassicranger
    @kjnoren and DAN004

    I think kjnoren is trying to ask if The Truman Show counts because at the end of that film, Truman escapes from the dome where he was being made to act out storylines in a reality tv show. If we're taking the term laboratory strictly it should not count because Truman wasn't being kept in a laboratory. However, he was being kept against his will inside an artificial environment.
  • August 18, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ does the dome function similarly to a lab?
  • August 18, 2014
    kjnoren
    ^^ To me, the lab is not necessarily an actual laboratory (see eg my proposal of the Jame example). It's a useful shorthand for a constrained, controlled, and controlling environment where the character is groomed or intended for some narrow purpose that is inimical to normal human socialising.

    So to me, The Truman Show acts as a good test for the constraints of the trope.
  • August 18, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ so the point is "escape from a controlling environment"?
  • August 18, 2014
    Omeganian
    • Bane. Technically, it was a prison, but the experiments conducted upon him there are an important part of his background.
  • August 19, 2014
    kjnoren
    ^^ Not all of it, but that's a big part of it (implicit is also that it's a significant part of the character's history, and so on). I have no trouble with the current write-up, but the question is how flexible the trope should be. (The main points of The Truman Show are all shown in the trailer.)

    Another similar case is Marc in Grand Central Arena. He wasn't created/raised in a laboratory per se, but rather a fictionalised environment.
  • August 19, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ whatever it is, it probably belongs to a supertrope. Because "the lab" is a common enough variant.
  • August 19, 2014
    DRCEQ
    Rather surprised nobody has mentioned this as an example yet.

    • In Borderlands 2, Kreig the Psycho escaped from Hyperion's labs and became a vault hunter. What's left of his sane inner voice has a crush on Maya, using her as a Morality Pet to keep him from becoming a complete psycho like everyone else on Pandora. He has a $1,000,000,000 bounty on his head for being Hyperion property.
  • August 19, 2014
    Chabal2
    Exterminatus Now: Lothar was engineered as a combat prototype in a lab from which he escaped. However, it turns out that wasn't the reason his limbs were replaced by bionics...
  • August 22, 2014
    DAN004
    Changed the title into a clearer one.
  • August 23, 2014
    kjnoren
    I think the new title is worse than the old one.
  • August 23, 2014
    DAN004
    Why?
  • August 23, 2014
    Arivne
    I also liked the previous title because it sounded better. The Lab Escapee sounds...odd.

    Suggest Escaped From A Lab as an improvement on the old title.
  • August 23, 2014
    DAN004
    And by the way, I was considering kjnoren's suggestion of broadening this to "controlling environment" and thus I either have to change the title, or the description, or just add a note "despite the name it doesn't necessarily have to be a lab".

    So...?
  • August 23, 2014
    kjnoren
    Like Arivne said, it sounds odd. Escaped From The Lab is a simple phrase. The Lab Escapee is more complex, and I think it makes this escaping from the lab into the sole focus of the character/story.

    I think a simple note is best. The example of Jame is one where she wasn't stuck in a lab, but she was raised in a controlling environment where she was raised for a singular purpose. I think that's close enough. Or simply make the opening sentence:

    "A character who has the escape from a laboratory or similar environment as an important part of their story or backstory."

  • August 23, 2014
    HeavyTony
    Western Animation
    • American Dad begins four year after Stan rescued Roger from Area51 where he had been kept since 1947. As CIA Agent, Stan and his family would be in serious trouble if it were discovered the escaped alien's living in their house.
  • August 23, 2014
    videogameboymichael
    I don't think Stitch should count. He was created in a lab, but it was a prison cell that he escaped from.
  • August 23, 2014
    oneuglybunny
    ^ I once made that argument; however, upon further reflection, I abnegate that position. Experiment 626 was created in Jumba's lab, and later seized as an exhibit in Jumba's trial. Technically, it was Captain Gantu's prison transport from which 626 escaped. Nevertheless, whether Gantu succeeded in marooning 626 on an asteroid, or 626 was left behind in Jumba's lab would entail the same fate: death by neglect. Stitch's only hope of surviving is an escape somewhere along the line. So, lab creation, doomed, escapes to stay alive = this trope.

    Web Comics
    • Corey Messer's Plush And Blood has the two protagonists discover a marked crate on page 34, and open it to reveal a Cat Girl, Katt. Katt's flashbacks reveal that she is a cybernetic reconstruct, but too volatile to serve President Brown properly. Thus, Katt was sedated, then stuffed in a storage crate until management decided what more to do with her. Freed, Katt joins Fox and Grey in undermining Brown's Nazilike Utopia.
  • August 23, 2014
    videogameboymichael
    ^I don't follow. This trope doesn't talk about why the character escaped, only the location that they escaped from. Besides, regardless of the scenario, the lab itself still wouldn't be the reason. If Jumba was never arrested, Stitch would still be in the lab, but wouldn't feel the need to escape.

    Also, Portal. How has no one thought of Portal?
  • September 2, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ Because I don't know how to put it in a proper example. Can somebody do it for me?
  • September 2, 2014
    oneuglybunny
    Permit me to retry The Secret Of NIMH example:

    Western Animation
    • The colony of rats from Don Bluth's The Secret Of NIMH escaped from a laboratory at the National Institute of Mental Health after being given experimental injections which gave them enhanced intelligence. One subplot in the film involves these rats planning to relocate from an Elaborate Underground Base beneath a farmer's rosebush to the presumably people-free Thorn Valley before agents from NIMH come to recapture them.
  • September 5, 2014
    DAN004
    If there's no other comments I'll launch it later.
  • September 10, 2014
    DAN004
    One more bump for Portal, hopefully
  • September 16, 2014
    DAN004
    One last bump for page image suggestion, if any
  • September 16, 2014
    oneuglybunny
    ^ Um, will this one do, from Bluth's NIMH? /pmwiki/pub/images/escape_8765.png at 300 by 240 pixels.
  • September 18, 2014
    HeroGal2347
    Bump.
  • September 18, 2014
    DAN004
    ^^ That doesn't look obvious that they're escaping from a lab.
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