->'''[[Franchise/{{Superman}} Clark Kent]]''': Granted, Lois, Luthor does a lot of strange things. But what reason could he possibly have for trying to fool his own bodyguard?
->'''Lois Lane''': Maybe he just needed some space. Haven't you ever noticed how she hovers over him, everywhere he goes?
->'''Clark Kent''': But Lois, that's her job.
->'''Lois Lane''': It's no wonder why you're still single, Kent.
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', "[[Recap/SupermanTheAnimatedSeriesS2E14GhostInTheMachine Ghost in the Machine]]"

WitnessProtection is boring. If it's done right, there's no opportunity for adventure. So when the protagonist is asked to hole up in a cheap motel until he can testify at the trial, odds are he won't comply. Perhaps he needs to save someone else in danger. Maybe he needs the freedom to catch the real bad guy. Or maybe he just [[TooDumbToLive doesn't believe he's in as much danger as the police say he is]]. Whatever the reason, he'll take the first opportunity to lose his bodyguards and strike out on his own, leaving the police to track him down before TheMafia assassins do.

Compare UnsafeHaven. An all-too-common source of headaches for anyone on a LiveActionEscortMission, or any Secret Service agents trying to protect the President's daughter.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' anime episode 173. Rurichiyo evades her guardians Kenryu and Enryu to go to a tea party with other noble children.
* Bradley does this once in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. Not that he needs them.
* ''Manga/MamotteLollipop'', early on Nina gets really fed up with her male protectors and slips away more than once. One time was into the girls' room, only to have the antagonists waiting for her there. (This backfired on them when one admitted he was actually a boy in drag--in front of the female audience.)
* ''Manga/GunslingerGirl''. Mimi Machiavelli, daughter of a witness who's testifying in a mob trial, handcuffs Hilshire and Triela together and nicks out the door to see her boyfriend, only to get immediately nabbed by mafiosi. Fortunately there are other Agency cyborgs on site who immediately snatch her back. Naturally the event gets used for a Shipping moment.
-->'''Hilshire:''' Say, what did she mean by we should "Talk about love"?\\
'''Triela:''' ''(picking the lock on their handcuffs)'' I think she's got [[StudentTeacherRomance the wrong idea about us]].\\
'''Hilshire:''' We're ''[[LikeBrotherAndSister fratello]]''. We don't need to talk about love.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has done this before. First time was in the Land of Iron, where he manages to sneak away from Yamato to go confront Sasuke. The second time is during the 4th Ninja War, where he ''and'' fellow demon-container Killer Bee ''blast'' through the defenses guarding them to take part in the war.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* PlayedWith in the ''ComicBook/{{Tintin}}'' album ''Recap/TintinTheCalculusAffair'': while staying in Borduria as supposed "guests" of the state, Tintin and Haddock get their "bodyguards" drunk so that they can escape.
* In the recent ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' storyline, "Bruce Wayne: The Road Home", Vicki Vale does this in every early chapter, thinking she isn't in too much danger ''[[TooDumbToLive just because]]'' she wants to reveal the secret identities of the entire Bat-Family. It isn't until a disguised Bruce Wayne Batman is able to snatch her away and tell her the severity of the situation is she able to settle down slightly.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Somewhat of a RunningGag in [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5240643/1/ this]] Film/StarTrek fanfiction.
* Also a common trope in {{Series/TinMan}} fanfic. Then again, it's perfectly in character for [=DG=] to really hate being confined, and too much of a troublemaking farmgirl to really take any pleasure in being a PrincessClassic. However, Cain is always going to be the exception - no matter how hard she tries, she can't seem to ditch him.
* In ''Fanfic/MementoVivere'', a VideoGame/FinalFantasyX fanfiction, Braska does this to his guardians in Guadosalam.
* In the ''Manga/DeathNote'' [[AlternateUniverseFic AU]] ''Fanfic/ThoseWhoStandForNothingFallForAnything'' Light easily and routinely ditches his security detail. L {{lampshades}} how stupid that is:
-->'''L:''' You don't need to drive anymore. Why do you insist on driving? It's a security hazard. Big fucking security hazard! 'Hello, I'm the person who's taxing you to death. Shoot me.' That's what you're saying when you're driving around the way you do. You're asking to get killed.
* ''Fanfic/ABrighterDark'': Early in the story, Corrin would sneak away from her retainers and go into the dungeons alone. Not because she didn't like them, far from it, but she figured the only way to get real practice was by fighting people that actually wanted to kill her and bodyguards would get in the way of that.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/RomeoMustDie'': Trish rather easily evades her bodyguard Maurice when he's distracted chatting up a female at the record store.
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wicked_City_%28film%29 Wicked City]]'' (1987). Giuseppi Mayart escapes from his bodyguards Taki and Makie at the hotel they're staying at.
* The whole plot of ''Film/ChasingLiberty'' proceeds from the President's daughter ditching her Secret Service detail to get some personal space.

* Artemis often does this in ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' to Butler.
* In ''Literature/TheBelgariad,'' spoiled brat Princess Ce'Nedra of Tolnedra is bored and wants to go shopping. Her father, Emperor Ran Borune, won't let her leave the Imperial Palace because it's too dangerous. She cons her rather gullible and egotistical tutor into believing that her father wants him to escort her while she visits relatives in another city. (For her own safety, naturally.) On the road, they meet Belgarath and company. Of course, none of them -- even Garion -- believe her story. HilarityEnsues.
* In several of his books, ''Literature/HarryPotter'' is being threatened by someone (usually Voldemort), and everybody tries to keep him safe. It never works -- somehow, for some reason, he always finds his way to the source of the problem to face it himself. This habit comes back to haunt him in the last few books.
** [[LeeroyJenkins Sirius]] also makes a few attempts at this. Fortunately, Dumbledore and Lupin are too smart to let him get away. [[spoiler:Usually.]]
* In ''[[Literature/MonsterHunterInternational Monster Hunter Vendetta]]'', Owen is instructed by the Monster Control Bureau to stay at MHI's compound as bait for the [[ReligionOfEvil Church of the Temporary Mortal Condition]]. However he's a pro-active kind of guy, and prefers to take the fight to them.
* The finale of the first ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' novel involves Bella having to sneak away from her vampire bodyguards to meet the bad guy vamp.
* Literature/PrinceRoger [=MacClintock's=] habit of doing this (and the bodyguards' refusal to admit that ''Roger'', the bratty clotheshorse, manages to slip them) on big game hunting trips means that it takes them a while to realise he actually is a badass dead-eye shot with a rifle. They just try and reconcile his "GreatWhiteHunter" reputation with the brat by believing his guides and bodyguards are the ones who kill the trophies... until the trip to Marduk rather impressively underscores how much they've been underestimating him.
* "Devo" ditches most of his bodyguards in ''Guilty Wives''. That sets the drama in motion.
* In ''Red, White and Blood'' by ChristopherFarnsworth, President Curtis sends the Secret Service out of the room so he can confront his vice president about the latter having committed treason [[HaveYouToldAnyoneElse without telling anyone else.]] Predictably, [[TooDumbToLive this doesn't end well.]]
* {{Downplayed}} by Han and Leia Solo in the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse -- Leia's [[EliteMook Noghri]] bodyguards have been a standing order since Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy, so it's not surprising that they sometimes want a little time alone. In particular, Han takes a minor but persistent delight in ordering them to fetch something from off the ship, and then taking off without them (they ''must'' see through it by now, [[HonorBeforeReason but have to do it anyway]]). Of course, both [[BadassNormal Han]] and [[{{Ambadassador}} Leia]] are perfectly capable of taking care of themselves, but they still usually have cause to regret leaving the Noghri behind.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* On an episode of ''Series/{{Bones}}'', a man who was to testify slipped away from his bodyguards in the safe house after his wife was killed and son kidnapped to keep him from testifying.
* ''Series/DarkAngel'', when Max has to protect Bruno.
* On ''Series/{{Dexter}}'', after the FBI suspect that [[spoiler: Doakes]] is the Bay Harbor Butcher, Dexter is given a protective detail since they assume the Butcher will come after him. He slips away from them by climbing out the window of his apartment.
* ''Series/DueSouth'' had a Canadian diplomat's daughter ditching Fraser, who was assigned as her escort while in Chicago, in the two parter ''Chicago Holiday''. Trouble is she has also inadvertently gotten herself on a mobster's hitlist, so we have the old 'can they find her before the mobster does.'
* Frequent element of ''Series/InPlainSight'', a show about the Witness Protection Program.
* In the last episode of ''SpecialOpsMission'', the assassination target is covered very well by his protectors, who show him around the large and sprawling compound while, unknown to them, the sniper, Will, is trying desperately to get a shot when the target is unprotected. All seems lost, as the bodyguards know what they're doing, until the target decides he needs to get some fresh air, away from them. The focus rapidly shifts from assassination to evasion after that.
* On one episode of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', somebody puts out a hit on a Navy lieutenant commander that, naturally, he does not believe is genuine. But the trope is subverted twice: when he ditches Ziva halfway through the episode, absolutely nothing untoward happens. [[spoiler:Then it turns out he ditched Ziva so he could go kill the person who put out the hit.]]
* Played straight on an episode of ''Series/BurnNotice'' when one of the protectees sneaks out of the safe house (read: "Michael's mother's garage") so she can go to prom. {{Reality ensues}}, but fortunately Michael is able to get there in time to rescue her.
** And again when Sam's friend Virgil, an ex-Navy SEAL, sneaks out with Michael's mom (mutual attraction), then one of the two sets of [[MonsterOfTheWeek Villains of the Week]] shows up at the club and kidnaps him.
* Finn and Dana attempt this in ''Homeland''. It ends badly.
* Oliver Queen does this constantly to Diggle in the first few episodes of ''{{Series/Arrow}}''. At least until [[spoiler: Diggle discovers his secret and he doesn't have to anymore.]]
* ''Series/TheEqualizer''. Robert [=McCall=] is not impressed when a little old lady does this to one of his operatives by locking them in the bathroom.
* ''Series/TheBill'' had a light version in an episode where a detective is doing some illicit moonlighting as a bodyguard, guarding the son of a Muslim businessman. The kid slips his bodyguard and goes partying instead, only returning at the last minute with a smug expression. The detective gets his revenge by giving a photograph he found of the kid drinking alcohol to his younger brother, so [[BigBrotherBully his elder brother can't afford to boss him around any more.]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks'', one of the early missions is to help Zelda escape her own castle and bodyguards.
* In ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' Princess Peach ditches Toadsworth in the intro because he was irritating; this leads to her being captured by the BigBad and his minions later.
* The occasional quest in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' involves killing key [=NPCs=] that are usually accompanied by [[EliteMook Elite mobs]], requiring the player to figure a way to separate the two before attacking. One notable example is in Shadowmoon Valley, with the NPC in question being a Blood Elf who's basically a fantasy version of a drug addict and trying to hide it; the player lures him away from his bodyguard with a package of the drug in question.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': Inverted, then played with. After Sigrun and Emil leave for book-scavenging in Chapter 10, Mikkel ends up being the only TheImmune person capable of fighting in tank that otherwise contains two non-immune non-combatants and a currently DeepSleep-ridden fellow immune combatant. Mikkel also happens to really, really want to check out a building within walking distance that may contain clues to a [[CureForCancer cure for the Rash]], the story's PlagueZombie inducing disease. He suddenly decides that he's ''[[LoopholeAbuse technically]]'' not leaving Tuuri and Reynir without protection because the sleeping Lalli is with them and heads out. Soon after that, Tuuri and Reynir find a very, very flimsy excuse to go after Mikkel (he wanted to take the CuteKitten with him, but she jumped out of his pocket before he actually left, so obviously they need to bring her to Mikkel), effectively ditching Lalli in the process. In this case, the "bodyguard" is basically in coma, so he's actually the most helpless person in the vehicle.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Literature/ReceiverOfMany'' Persephone sneaks away from Artemis and Athena, who supposed to be guarding her, to investigate if she really heard the voice of the strange man from her dream (unknowingly to her at this time – Hades) from a sacred grove. What she doesn’t know is that Artemis and Athena are aware of this, but were ordered by Zeus not to interfere.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Helping her do this was how Bruce Wayne met [[RebelliousPrincess Rebellious]] MafiaPrincess Kathy Duquesne in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanMysteryOfTheBatwoman''.
* Franchise/WonderWoman and [[SpoiledSweet Princess Audrey]] of Kasnia do this when they first meet in ''Franchise/{{Justice League|of America}}''. Audrey admits that she's been ditching bodyguards since childhood.
* In ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}} [=ThunderCats (2011)=]]]'' {{Catfolk}} King Claudus learns that his presumed-dead friend Panthro is actually being held in a HostageForMacGuffin bid by an invading {{Lizard|folk}} army, and charges out of range of his own PraetorianGuard to go on a RoaringRampageOfRescue, which directly leads to his own assassination by the Lizard army's SorcerousOverlord and series BigBad Mumm-Ra.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'', Bruce Wayne is targeted by Cosmo Krank for leading a campaign to get his unsafe toys removed from the market. The Gotham police department insist on assigning him a bodyguard, who he has to dodge in order to suit up and fight crime as Batman.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The United States Secret Service bemoans the number of times protectees attempt to give their watchdogs the slip or change the itinerary to stop some place more fun. While it might seem like teenaged kids are more likely to do this than adults, the reverse is in fact true. Adults generally aren't used to having a team of people plan their every move and watch them like a five-year-old.
** UsefulNotes/HarryTruman and UsefulNotes/JimmyCarter have done this on occasion.
** UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt would try to outrun his security detail when they were following him in a chase car.