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[[caption-width-right:300:We lose most of our [[RebelliousPrincess princesses that way]]...]]

->'''Hobbes:''' We're going out the window?\\
'''Calvin:''' We're going out the window.
-->-- ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'', "Camp Blues"

A character is stuck in a room for any reason. The room has a bed and a window. The prisoner makes a rope using the sheets off the bed and climbs out the window.

The first snag in this plan should be a guarantee that there's enough length to reach the ground. It never happens, whether you're in a second-story bedroom or in a cell in the EvilTowerOfOminousness.

The second snag that never occurs should be getting the window open. Has no-one ever heard of glass, locks, or bars? (Of course, if they have, the solution may be for someone to send them [[JailBake a cake with a file in]].)

The third snag is doing it without being seen. Good thing TheGuardsMustBeCrazy.

There is also the question of whether there is something in the room close to the window (or which can be moved close to the window) to hitch the rope to that is sturdy enough to hold your weight.

A princess, especially a RebelliousPrincess, will frequently do this. That goes double if she's a GirlInTheTower.

Contrast INeedNoLadders. See also GreatEscape.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Anime/YuGiOh'', Mokuba attempts to escape from Pegasus' castle by climbing down a bed sheet rope. It doesn't work, as he runs out of sheets a fair way up the tower. As he panics, two of the sheet's knots slip, and he plummets. However, in a bit of standard cartoon magic, not to mention InfantImmortality, he survives. This despite the fact he clearly falls from ''above the height of the trees''.
* In the 12th episode of ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'', Alto used a bedsheet ladder to escape the custody of a rogue Zentradi group. It looked somewhat realistic because they were kept on a second floor only, in a ''very'' makeshift cell, guarded by not terribly determined guards, and all that on a military base full of 20-meter-tall soldiers armed to the teeth.
* Euphemia uses one in her debut episode of ''Anime/CodeGeass''. It's about two stories too short, so of course [[MeetCute she falls into the arms of her future romantic interest]].
* In ''Manga/BlackButler'', [[spoiler:Elizabeth Midford escapes from her bedroom to go back to the music hall this way.]]
* In ''Anime/IppatsuKikimusume'', Kunyan is stuck in the restroom. To get out, she braids a rope out of toilet paper. It works, but about halfway down, rain dissolves the paper....
* In ''Manga/JunjouRomantica'', Usami's brother Haurhiko locks Misaki [[LockingMacGyverInTheStoreCupboard in a store room where bedsheets are kept]] (alongside a desk full of notebooks that Usami wrote stories in as a kid). Misaki soon sees his way out, though the sheets rip causing him to fall and sprain his ankle.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* During ''ComicBook/TheMask'' comic series, Walter escapes from his hospital room this way, although the actual escape is never shown, only the aftermath. The two detectives viewing the scene snark that he must watch too many movies for trying that stunt - and eat way too much popcorn for the bedsheets to tear.
* In ''ComicBook/TheSmurfs'' comic book story "The Smurf Threat", Papa Smurf, Hefty, and Jokey escape their imprisonment inside the Grey Smurf prison camp by making a ladder using torn pieces of Smurf pants.
* In the Devil's Due ''ComicBook/SheenaQueenOfTheJungle'' series, Sheena fakes an escape from a hospital by dropping a bedsheet ladder out of a window and hiding behind the door. While the guards are looking at the ladder and wondering how she got away, she sneaks out the door.
* In ''[[Literature/JohnCarterOfMars Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris]]'' #35, Tala escapes from the palace in Greater Helium by knotting the bedsheets together and climbing down the outside of the wall. However, the ladder is too short and she ends up having to drop the last dozen feet or so.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Nicely subverted by ComicStrip/ModestyBlaise; she carefully keeps track of the guard rotations and uses equipment specially [[VictoriasSecretCompartment smuggled in her bra]] to saw through the bar. When the guard sees the Bedsheet Ladder and rushes into the cell, she brains him from behind with the cut-out bar. Now she has the run of the place to recon the real escape before hiding in the neighboring cell.
* An early ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' strip had Calvin use one of these to sneak out of the house and find a pay phone to tell his dad that "It is now three in the morning. Do you know where I am?" In a much later story, he tried the same tactic to escape from his dreaded babysitter, Rosalyn.
* Nasty uses one to escape from Hunter Yurk's compound in ''ComicStrip/TerryAndThePirates''.
* The escape-obsessed crayfish in ''ComicStrip/{{Swamp}}'' escapes from his tank in one strip by tying all of the diner's dishcloths together into a rope.
* ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'': Jason places a ladder constructed of tied-together handkerchiefs in Quincy's cage, along with a book on lock picking and a few paperclips and hair clips, in an attempt to create plausible deniability when he turns the iguana loose in Paige's sleepover.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Calvin uses this a few times in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries''.
* Harry attempts this in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9300041/2/In-Betweens-Book-5-What-Ifs In Betweens: Book 5 What-Ifs]]'' when his uncle has men from St. Brutus' Secure Center for Incurably Criminal Boys come to pick him up, but doesn't get very far down it before they drag him out kicking and screaming.
* In ''[[http://kinsfire.fanficauthors.net/Betrayed/Excrement_Meet_Fan/ Betrayed]]'' Harry uses one to escape from a locked room while wandless but has to drop the last twenty feet or so.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12588000/12/Consequences Consequences]]'' Harry makes one and hangs it out the window but is rescued by Snape before he can try using it.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12562072/29/Harry-Potter-and-the-Daft-Morons Harry Potter and the Daft Morons]]'' Neville uses one to escape from his bedroom after his grandmother seals the door magically.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Done in ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'' to escape from a sweatshop.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'', Carl tries to lower down Russell with one of these. Then he drops it, being about seventy. Fortunately, it was a DaydreamSurprise.
* In ''WesternAnimation/CorpseBride'', Victoria does with a quilt, though she does nearly get caught by her father.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'', the men escape from a tower by tying together their kilts. [[FanDisservice And since they are true Scotsmen...]]
* In the ''Disney/TheAdventuresofIchabodAndMrToad'', when Toad develops a nasty case of motor mania as his latest passion, his friends Rat and Mole have him locked in his room to keep him from getting into trouble. However, they forget to lock the window, and Toad escapes by this trope.
* ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerryTheMovie'' shows Robyn escaping from a locked room on the third floor of her home by tying bedsheets together. Robyn herself clambers down with no problem; Tom and Jerry, however, can't resist goofing with each other, and end up tumbling to the ground.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Subverted in ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail''. Prince Herbert puts together a bedsheet ladder to escape from the tower, but is stalled by Lancelot's hesitance until his father cuts the rope and sends him plummeting to his doom. Of course, as we all know, he was NotQuiteDead.
* Subverted in the first ''Film/CharliesAngels'' movie, Bosley tries this one, but the Thin Man happened to be stationed below the window. Like it mattered though - the gap in the bars was too small to escape through anyway.
** Similar to the ''Film/{{Octopussy}}'' example below, Creator/DrewBarrymore is wearing a ModestyBedsheet when she is pushed out a window. The bedsheet snags on something, and is long enough for her to survive.
* In ''Film/TheGreatRace'', Creator/NatalieWood's character makes one of these out of her clothes. It doesn't work, but we do get to enjoy several subsequent scenes of her in [[OfCorsetsSexy period lingerie]], so [[FanService it's all good]].
* In ''Film/SullivansTravels'', this is how Sullivan escapes from the home of the horny widow.
* ''Film/JamesBond'':
** In ''Film/{{Octopussy}}'', Magda uses a variation of this to escape from Bond: she ties one end of the sari she's wearing to a balustrade and jumps off the balcony, "riding" the garment down to safety as it unravels.
** When Bond tries something similar in ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'', he dislocates his arm from the sudden stop at the bottom.
* In a Creator/BobHope movie he's being held hostage in a hotel room in NYC. He tries this but when he looks out the window, where he's got a four sheet rope, it looks like he's on the 1,000th floor. The street is so far down the buildings seem to meet. His analysis: "I need more sheets."
* In ''Film/TenaciousDInThePickOfDestiny'', a young Jables manages to escape his room this way.
* ''Film/{{Nosferatu}}'': Hutter makes his escape from Orlok's castle this way. It's not quite long enough, but one can pardon him for not going back for more sheets.
* In ''Film/{{Adrift}}'', the protagonists take off their swimsuits to make a ladder to get back onto their boat. It doesn't work.
* After confronting the burgomaster who took his house, Baron Frankenstein in ''The Evil of Frankenstein'' escapes the constables arriving on the scene by locking himself behind the bedroom doors, and using the bedsheets to climb down from the higher floor.
* In ''Irma La Douce'' Nestor Patou is put in jail for "murdering" his alter ego "Lord X" after being caught throwing the Lord's clothing into the Seine when he tired of the pretense. The local bartender Moustache brings him a bunch of Irma's trademark green silk stockings. When he asks why Moustache says that if he doesn't want them then he should throw them out the window. He finally gets the hint and makes his escape later that day.
* Done with a rope in the Creator/MarxBrothers' ''Film/HorseFeathers''. Chico and Harpo are locked into an upstairs room by the rival football team, but Harpo luckily has a large piece of rope in his coat. Chico tells him "Tie on-a the bed, throw out the window!" Harpo takes off his tie, drops it on the bed, and throws the rope out the window.
* Played with in ''[[Film/ThreeNinjas 3 Ninjas Kick Back]]''. After being captured by the BigBad, the heroes trick their guard into thinking they escaped this way, then when he comes to investigate they escape and lock him in the room.
* In ''Film/TheAdventuresOfBaronMunchausen'', the Baron and his companions descend from the Moon to the Earth by tying a lock of the Queen of the Moon's hair to a horn of the crescent Moon. It's not quite long enough, so the Baron cuts off the top end and tells the guy at the bottom to tie it on. This works, somehow.
* Linda escapes her apparently unpleasant boarding school this way in ''Film/DaysOfHeaven''.
* In ''Film/GodHelpTheGirl'', Cassie is by the window on the top floor of her house when her friends James and Eve come by and call out for her to join them, so she starts to make a bedsheet ladder. She's not trapped in the room or anything, she's just enough of a CloudCuckoolander that it was the first thing she thought of doing. Subverted in that James and Eve manage to point out how unnecessary it is through gestures and she just takes the stairs and walks out the front door.
* ''Film/WomanInTheDunes'': The man being held prisoner in the bottom of the sand pit makes a rope out of fish nets and rags, fashions a grappling hook out of a pair of scissors and a piece of wood, and uses them to escape.

* In Literature/{{Adventures of Huckleberry Finn}} Jim, a fugitive slave, made one - on urging of Tom Sawyer. As he was held in a shed, it made no practical sense - except as a part of Tom Sawyer's [[ComplexityAddiction prolonged]] exercise in EscapeTropes.
* ''Literature/{{Rapunzel}}'': "Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your [[RapunzelHair hair]]!" Slightly unusual in that the braid was also the only way ''up'' the tower, and it was intended for other people to access said tower. The main illustrations that show her wrapping it about some kind of hook are wise. The hair could probably take the weight; it's keeping the weight from unrooting your hair that's the problem, and a hook would do it. Creator/TheBrothersGrimm have the Prince bringing her stuff to make a replacement rope when she gives the game away. Apparently he never thought of just bringing ''a rope''.
* In ''Literature/WorldWarZ'', one of the anecdotes is an Otaku telling the chronicler that he escaped from his high rise in Japan by making a BedsheetLadder...it was slow going and extremely dangerous given that he was weaponless, the high rise was full of [[ZombieApocalypse zombies]], and he had to break into a new apartment every couple of floors to get more sheets.
* In Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/TheEyesOfTheDragon,'' a prince attempts this with individual threads of the napkins. Guess whether he succeeded or not. This being Stephen King, [[spoiler:he has to jump the last 50 feet or so.]]
* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant,'' Sybil Vimes escapes a room via this method; it was one of the more useful things she learned while attending her all-girls boarding school.
* This is NOT done in ''Literature/TheShieldOfStars''. The main character escapes through a trapdoor. However, he thoughtfully makes a rope blanket and tosses it out the window anyway, just in case the guards thought he really was stupid enough to try that death-defying drop onto jagged rocks. (And lucky enough to survive, too!)
* An ''Literature/EncyclopediaBrown'' mystery revolved around this trope - a starlet said that a big, masked intruder broke into the room, knocked out her bodyguard, grabbed a diamond-encrusted statue, and climbed out the window from a bedsheet ladder tied to one of the bedposts. However, Chief Brown and his son proved them to be lying by asking Bugs Meany (who happened to be around at the time) to climb up the bedsheets so he could meet the starlet - when he did so, his (significantly less than the alleged intruder) weight pulled the bed from the wall and released a fountain pen trapped in between. (This also happened in Two-Minute Mysteries, its sister series.)
* Literature/TheBible:
** Michal helps her beloved David escape her father King Saul's wrath with this trick. She also sticks a human-sized idol in his bed so she can tell her father's messengers he's sick and still asleep.
** [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold Rahab]] probably also helped the spies get out of Jericho by a similar trick. (Her residence was built right into the city walls.)
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's "Literature/TheSlitheringShadow", Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian uses a tapestry instead of sheets.
* In Avi's ''Literature/BeyondTheWesternSea'', Laurence uses a bedsheet to escape from a fourth story hotel room.
* In ''Deader Homes and Gardens'', Claire tries to do this to escape from an upstairs bedroom. Unfortunately she's not yet recovered from being drugged by her captor, and forgets to anchor one end of her improvised rope before throwing it out the window! [[spoiler: Luckily, Jordan spots the coils of fallen sheet/rope on the ground and comes to sneak her out of the house.]]
* In ''Literature/TheWindInTheWillows'', this is how Toad escapes when the other animals confine him to try to cure him of his obsession with motor cars.
* ''Literature/JamesBond'':
** Bond fakes one up in ''Literature/{{Moonraker}}'' to cover the fact that he and Gala are still in the rocket base.
** In ''Literature/DiamondsAreForever'', Bond, who is currently situated in a cruise ship, comes to conclusion that trying to [[DamselInDistress save Tiffany]] by charging through Wint's and Kidd's cabin door would only get her killed, so he rips his bedsheets to form a ladder to get into their cabin below his through their window.
* In ''Literature/TheShadowOverInnsmouth'' by Creator/HPLovecraft, the protagonist escapes from an upper story of the local HellHotel by using the drapes as a ladder.
* ''Literature/{{Uprooted}}'' has a variant when Agnieszka uses all the dresses from Dragon's GorgeousGarmentGeneration spell to climb down from the tower (which is unoccupied apart from herself and the absent Dragon) and answer the distress beacon from her hometown. It's rather harrowing because it's night, so she doesn't know if the ladder is actually long enough, and the tower has such smooth sides that her shoulders end up very sore at the end of the climb.
* This is how the heroine of Creator/GeorgetteHeyer's ''The Corinthian'' meets the hero: he notices her climbing out of her window using a bedsheet ladder (she's also [[SweetPollyOliver dressed as a boy]]), and, when the makeshift rope turns out to be too short, agrees to catch her when she jumps. Cue "''You're'' not a boy!"

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* A rare subversion occurred on ''Series/JeevesAndWooster'' when Gussie wanted to use Bertie's sheet to escape. Bertie refused to let him, as much because it wouldn't work as because he didn't want his sheets dirty and knotted. To be fair, Bertie's been known to use his sheets for the same purpose. At least in [[Literature/JeevesAndWooster the books]].
* ''Series/ThreesCompany'''s trio tried to do this when trapped in Jack's bedroom by diamond thieves but they ended up throwing the whole sheet out the window.
* ''Series/BurnNotice'': In "Better Halves", Fi gets angry with Michael when he rips the skirt of her expensive new gown and uses it (along with his tuxedo jacket) to create a ladder to get them off a hotel balcony.
* In one episode of ''Series/ILoveLucy'', Lucy attempts to escape from an alleged apartment fire via a ladder made of bedsheets. While they unloop while she's climbing down, her fall is broken by the apartment building canopy. There are other reasons for hijinks, though, which do ensue.
* One of the "Boy vs. Boredom" sketches on ''Series/YoureSkittingMe'' has Jeremy attempting to escape from going clothes shopping with his mother by tearing shirts into strips, fashioning them into a rope and using a wire hanger as a crude grappling hook to climb out of a changing room. It doesn't work.
* ''Series/HorribleHistories'': The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Oi2YCzGxO4 Stupid Death]] of Griffith Ap Llewelyn, who didn't use enough sheets.
* Parodied on ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'', as Al tries to escape from his greedy family by climbing down a rope made of toilet paper. It works, even though there's no way it could have supported his weight, but Peg and the kids catch him trying to sneak out anyway.
* ''Series/MissFishersMurderMysteries'': In "Unnatural Habits" a bedsheet ladder is planted to make it look like the murdered girl had escaped from the confinement cell through the window. Phryne sees through it because the knots used would not have held the girl's weight.
* Played with in ''Series/TheAvengers'' episode "The Danger Makers:''
-->'''Steed:''' How did you get out?\\
'''Mrs. Peel:''' I knotted some sheets and climbed out the window.\\
'''Steed:''' Oh, that old thing.\\
'''Mrs. Peel:''' Well, originality didn't seem important at the time.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': Turlough uses one to escape from the school sickbay in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS20E3MawdrynUndead Mawdryn Undead]]".
* Subverted in an episode of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', where Mike decides to make one from all the loose clothing he can find around the Satellite of Love, including Crow's Underoos. The 'Bots remind him that he's trying this in a geosynchronous orbit and that would be unwise. And besides, Crow wants his Underoos back.
** Later Mike does make it down with a steel chain ladder, only to be prodded back up by Pearl and Brain Guy.
* ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'': Tested and ''confirmed'' -- Grant was able to climb down a 14-story building using a rope made from prison bedsheets. Kari did it with [[RapunzelHair human hair plaited into a rope]], while Tory did the same thing with ''toilet paper''.

* Referenced in ''Music/AlicesRestaurant'' by Arlo Guthrie. Officer Obie takes the toilet paper out of Arlo's cell so that he can't "bend the bars, roll the paper out the window, slide down the roll and have an escape."

[[folder: Puppet Show]]
* In ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' when the pigs took over the show and threw Kermit and Fozzie into the boiler room. Fozzie suggested they escape by tying sheets together and going out the window. Kermit then pointed out a flaw in Fozzie's plan: What window?

[[folder:Video Games]]
* One of the craftable items in the prison-break game ''VideoGame/TheEscapists'', called the "Sheet Rope." It's used to descend from rooftops.
* One made out of laundry is used to escape from a suspended cage in ''Sable Maze 3: Forbidden Garden''.
* In an illustration for a story told in ''Dark Realm: Queen of Flames'' the older of twin princesses uses one to escape from a palace balcony when she runs away after their father's death.
* Edward uses one to leave Morgana's castle in ''Witches' Legacy 6: The Dark Throne''.
* In ''Cadenza 3: Havana Nights'' the main character uses a bunch of scarves to escape from a balcony.
* In ''Grim Facade 7: Monster in Disguise'' the detective uses one to chase after the killer.
* Videogame/GrimFandango: Manny climbs a rope made entirely out of tacky neckties, tied to a gargoyle, near the top of a skyscraper, going all the way to the ground. This was all set up before he got there, presumably by his boss as part of a scheme to blow off work.
* ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'' has this occur in the first Nonary Game, where [[spoiler:Seven uses one to save the children from the incinerator.]]

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Referred in episode 42 of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', when Church and Grif were trapped in a cell and left to die.
-->'''Church:''' We gotta find a way to escape, Grif.\\
'''Grif:''' If only we had bedsheets.\\
'''Church:''' There's no window. What good is tying together bedsheets gonna do us?\\
'''Grif:''' Who said anything about tying them together? I wanna take a nap. If I have to die of hunger, I wanna do it in my sleep.
* ''WebAnimation/RWBYChibi'': During "Fugitive", when Sun and Neptune in their [[CowboyCop Junior Detective]] [[BadassMustache personas]] corner Jaune - or rather, Felipe - in his dorm, he makes a daring escape out the window via this trope. But there's one itty-bitty problem.
-->'''Ren:''' Was I supposed to tie that to something?\\
''([[ButtMonkey Jaune]] can be heard screaming as he falls to the ground.)''

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/EvilDiva'' [[http://www.evildivacomics.com/?p=486 Out of her own bedroom]]
* [[http://luciphurrsimps.com/2010/02/01/luci-phurrs-imps-this-is-a-mistake-right-4/ Proposed]] in ''LuciPurrsImps'', where the other demons point out that he got the sheets from outside the bedroom, and they could just go that way.
* ''Webcomic/{{Precocious}}'': [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2011/02/23 All she wanted to do]]. Which is why her parents planted roses under the window.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=3155 Fuschia's escape]].
* ''Webcomic/TheWorldIsFlat'' depicts this [[http://theworldisflatcomics.tumblr.com/post/141107098814/moonlighting-as-a-dinosaur-i-recently-surpassed here.]]

[[folder: Web Original]]
* In ''AudioPlay/WereAlive'', one of these is used to escape the hospital in Chapter 23. [[spoiler:Unfortunately it breaks, leaving Angel and Burt trapped.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Bloo tries it in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'', but forgets to tie the other end down.
* WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes:
** WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck does it to escape from gangsters in the short ''Golden Yeggs'', but the bottom half of the ladder turns out the be the gangsters themselves.
** In ''WesternAnimation/PorkyPigsFeat'', Daffy and Porky use one to try and escape a hotel without paying. The hotel manager catches them at the bottom and gives Porky a hotfoot that sends them flying back up the Bedsheet Ladder to their room. Daffy stops along the way to ogle in a window and wolf whistle -- going down and again going back up.
* In the [[WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts Mickey Mouse cartoon]] ''Ye Olden Days'', when rescuing Princess Minnie Mickey is surprised to find that there is no prearranged rope in the tower she's locked away in, so he constructs one out of lady in waiting Clarabelle Cow's many articles of clothing. The couple is caught on their way down while passing the King's window.
* In ''WesternAnimation/HomeMovies'', Melissa is inducted against her will into the Fairy Princess Club, which exists solely to make its young conscripts sell their merchandise at the mall. She escapes the live-in headquarters at night, setting a fire (including an UnflinchingWalk from the explosion she set) and uses a rope made from merchandise cloth...to exit a first story window.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' episode "Home Alone", Riley attempted this to try and escape from his room (Huey had grounded him). This literally backfired as Huey lit the rope on fire, so Riley immediately retreated into his room.
* In ''WesternAnimation/PuffTheMagicDragon and the Incredible Mr. Nobody'', Terry, after being told by his parents that his eponymous imaginary friend isn't real, and unable to find him after that talk, runs away to find his friend by making a bedsheet rope and climbing out the window. But since his friend wasn't there to help him tie the knots, the rope comes apart, and he lands in Puff's waiting arms. They go on a journey and eventually find Mr. Nobody, and Terry resolves his issues. [[spoiler:Then it's revealed that he actually landed in the lilac bush outside his window and had been [[AllJustADream knocked out the whole time]].]]
* Used by the couch to escape from the Taj Mahal in a CouchGag on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBigKnights'' use them to escape from the castle of the princesses' aunties. Sir Morris neglects to tie his on to anything.
* Princess Flame does this in ''WesternAnimation/BlazingDragons'', [[RememberedICouldFly completely forgetting about her ability to fly]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheReluctantWerewolf'', Scooby and Shaggy use a bedsheet ladder in an attempt to escape Dracula's castle. However, as their room overlooks the moat, they don't actually manage to go anywhere.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' episode, "[[Recap/RugratsS1E8RealOrRobotsSpecialDelivery Real or Robots?]]" Tommy makes one to get out of his crib when Stu taped it shut to prevent him from getting out of it and into his bedroom.
* ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'': Linda turns their home into a bed-and-breakfast and manically insists their guests participate in her 'fun' activities - when she locks the guests in their rooms, a couple try a bedsheet ladder escape, but need to ask for help when the ladder is too short.
* Jeff from ''WesternAnimation/{{Clarence}}'' uses one to escape from his room in "Jeff Wins."

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Estonian thief Martin Vaiksaar used knotted bedsheets to scale 3 23-foot walls to escape from a jail near Finland's capital city of Helsinki. Despite the facility being brand new with a (presumably) recent staff, it took them an entire day to notice that he had escaped. The tale gets weirder in that he managed to get back to Estonia to find that the police were not interested in the fact that Finnish and Estonian authorities were both meant to be after him.
* In May 2008, a thief named Aaron Stephen Forden [[http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/05/12/new-way-into-prison-and-an-old-way-out/ escaped a New Zealand prison]]. Bonus points for referencing this wiki.
* Two Polish [=POWs=] [[http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/naziprison/cold_03.html almost escaped this way]] from Colditz Castle in Saxony in 1941. They were in solitary, the bedsheet rope was supplied by accomplices on a higher story, and the escape route took them through the attic of a guardroom. They were caught only because they made too much noise trying to get down the outer walls.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gruffydd_ap_Llywelyn_Fawr Gruffydd ap Llywelyn Fawr]], son of one of the last ruling princes of independent Wales, was imprisoned by the King of England in the Tower of London. He attempted to escape in the night using a rope of knotted clothes and bedsheets, but the rope broke and he fell almost a hundred feet to his death. He was found the following morning with his head rammed into his neck cavity.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Stuart,_Lord_Darnley Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley]], second husband of [[UsefulNotes/MaryOfScotland Mary, Queen of Scots]], escaped a bomb planted in his house via a chair tied to a line of bedsheets. Unfortunately (for Henry, at least) while he made his escape he ran right into the people who planted the bomb and they promptly strangled him. A few years later the English worried about his ex-wife using this trope to escape Bolton Castle. She didn't.
* [[http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/09/20/texas.prisoner.escape/index.html Joshua Duane Barnes]], a Texas burglar, pulled off the same feat from a secure medical facility.
* [[http://www.reuters.com/article/oddlyEnoughNews/idUSTRE57H4XY20090818 In August 2009]], two men broke out of a German prison using this method.
* This does not always work out so well, as the Website/DarwinAwards people will attest. [[http://www.darwinawards.com/darwin/darwin1997-12.html One Pennsylvania man]] fell to his death when his rope was cut by window glass.
* [[http://loweringthebar.net/2015/08/further-review.html On a more hilarious note]], convicts attempting this should first make sure that the window they intend to escape out of is wide enough to allow them to squeeze through.
* During a particular [=MacGyver=]-ish escape attempt from Dannemora prison, an inmate carved the keys he needed from observing the guard's keyring, built a dummy, then tried to climb over the wall with a rope made from bedsheets and clothes. He wasn't, however, bulletproof.
* Jack Sheppard [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Sheppard#Arrested_and_escaped_twice did this twice]], the first two times he broke out of prison. The first time, it was less than three hours after he was locked up. The ''fourth'' time he escaped imprisonment (in one year), he didn't climb down with his bedsheets, but he did use his blanket to get to an adjacent building, which he escaped through.
* In Beirut, Lebanon, five prisoners pulled off this trick, escaping from a [[http://news.yahoo.com/using-bed-sheets-5-prisoners-escape-lebanese-jail-151856960.html maximum security prison.]]
* In December 2012 two inmates apparently [[http://news.yahoo.com/2-inmates-escape-high-rise-jail-chicago-214646886.html used one of these]] to escape from a high-rise federal prison in Chicago.
* A sad example: the 2017 Grenfell Tower Fire in London UK where a 24-storey block of flats caught fire and survivor testimonies stated that some trapped residences in the higher floors were trying to escape out the windows with ropes made from linens and bedding.