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->'''CIA:''' "Was getting caught part of your plan?"\\
'''Bane:''' "Of course!"
-->-- ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''

Perhaps you need to smuggle some recognizable people into a base, or smuggle some friends out of a hostile situation. Perhaps the two of you have just been caught by your enemies, and are trying a bluff. Time for the TrojanPrisoner trick.

In the simple version, some of the protagonists [[DressingAsTheEnemy pretend to be enemy mooks]], with the others posing as their prisoners or slaves. Quite often, the main hero gets to play the captive, being the most recognisable, but if the mooks have [[FacelessGoons face-concealing outfits]], it's the least recognisable member of the group who gets tied up.

In the other version, the fake guard is someone the enemy thinks is on their side, e.g TheMole, [[HeelFaceTurn a reformed villain]], or a LoveableRogue. They swagger into the enemy camp, show off their captive, then surreptitiously help them escape, while doing a little espionage on the side. The fake guard doesn't always bother telling the hero the plan in advance either; the act is much more convincing [[EnforcedMethodActing if the hero thinks it's real.]]

This can be used to play up the relationship between the characters, allowing the captor to temporarily treat the captives like dirt, or to express cruel opinions that hit a bit too close to the truth. If the disguise relies upon actually restricting the captives significantly, this can play off characters' mistrust of the fake captor, especially one who is very close to the enemy. However, it's pretty rare for the fake captivity to become real.

Occasionally, this trick is [[UnspokenPlanGuarantee proposed offscreen]], leading the viewer to think that a major character pulled a FaceHeelTurn.

If they are physically bound, this can lead to a ChainedHeat or fighting WithMyHandsTied. Compare ISurrenderSuckers, and cases where anyone should be able to see through overlap with TheGuardsMustBeCrazy. The PlayAlongPrisoner may allow themself to be [[ColdBloodedTorture tortured]] before breaking loose. Compare SheepInWolfsClothing, where this applies to TheVirus, and with TrojanHorse, which also gets the hero into an enemy base, but without them knowing anyone has crossed their lines. Compare BavarianFireDrill, which relies on bluffing rather than a convincing disguise. Contrast DisguisedHostageGambit, where real villains with real hostages dress the hostages up as villains to fool TheCavalry.

[[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused]] with the similar, but distinct, AloneWithPrisonerPloy. That's when a [[HeelFaceTurn reformed]] bad guy or good guy on the [[TheInfiltration inside]] asks to be alone with an actual prisoner in order to help him/her.
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* In the ''FireEmblem'' ''[[FireEmblemAkaneia Dark Dragon and Sword of Light]]'' manga adaptation by Maki Hakoda, this is one of Marth's favourite tactics to outsmart stronger armies, with himself as the captive.
* In ''OnePiece'', during the Impel Down riot, Mr.2 does this with Buggy and Mr. 3. They get past Magellan and then manage to reach Level 5 (in order to save a captured and poisoned Luffy) thanks to Mr.2's ability to change his aspect. He disguises as Hannyabal and then takes the other two with him as his prisoners.
* In ''Fairy Tail'', Mirajane, Natsu, Wendy and the Exceed pull this trick with Mirajane transforming into a guard, hiding the Exceed in the big uniform and pretending that she wants to deliver the two Dragon Slayers to the king.

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* In ''{{Dynamo 5}}'', a government agent pulls this on the main characters, without telling them, leading them to believe he's turned evil.
* In the Franchise/DCUniverse, Franchise/{{Batman}} once infiltrated Belle Reve prison, home of the the SuicideSquad, by posing as criminal 'Matches' Malone and arranging for Commissioner Gordon to have Malone held there while being transferred.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' comic "The Futurists" in ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'' (from the collection ''The Betrothal of Sontar'') this is used to infiltrate an ancient Roman military camp. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] when the Doctor remarks that it's a tired old trick, but there had to be a time when it was new enough to work.
* ''ComicBook/LeScorpion'': In ''The Angel's Shadow'', Armando and Mejai pull this stunt (with Armando dressed as a Warrior Monk) to gain access to the Vatican dungeons to rescue Hussar.
* In ''ComicBook/TheTransformersIDW'', Megatron allows himself to be taken prisoner in hopes that the Autobots would take him to Cybertron where he could use space bridge technology within himself to ambush them with the sudden appearance of his entire army. Galvatron and the Deceptigod completely ruin this plan.
* Done in a ''ComicBook/TeenTitansGo'' issue (the one based on the '03 series) that introduced Wonder Girl to infiltrate Blackfire's base of operations. They have Beast Boy disguises himself as a Gordanian and sneak the uncaptured Titans in to rescue the others. Blackfire even lampshades it herself as she berates herself for not realizing it sooner.

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* As an homage to ANewHope's use below, this was used in Allronix's KnightsOfTheOldRepublic FanFic ''Destiny's Pawn,'' as Carth attempts to bluff his way through a Sith base with Zaalbar as a "prisoner." Subverted, as the receptionist on duty doesn't buy it for a second.
* Two examples of this in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'':
** In the Goblin Valley, Ringo has to pretend to be a human slave being led by George, who's become a goblin.
** At the climax, Paul has shaken off mind control but pretends to still be under the influence to gain entry into the warehouse where the Vasyn is being kept. George is DressingAsTheEnemy (he becomes the woman Bayanis, who is in charge of Paul) and goes in with him. John and Ringo have to think of another way in.
* In ''FanFic/ShadowchasersTorment'', Edgar discovers that the lizard king village has been taken over by a tyrant named Scath. Because the former shaman Sslinth hates Scath too, Edgar convinces Sslinth to try this to infiltrate the temple, with Edgar and Maddie posing as prisoners. (Unfortunately, Scath is onto them, but [[TimeForPlanB Edgar has a plan-B.]])
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* Done in ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'', with the other monsters wearing the clone outfits and escorting Ginormica.
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/TitanAE'' when Stith and Preed try to infiltrate a colony with this trope.
-->'''Guard:''' (Raises his weapon, pointing it at Preed) You're lying! He's not a slave and you're not traders. He doesn't carry himself like a slave! Look at the way he stands... probably ex-military. Akrennian traders always threaten before they ask a favor, it's tradition. (to Stith) And YOUR robes are made out of bedspreads.
** And then the guard sees their Plan B. Kicked in the face by a Mantrin. This entire bit was brought to you by Creator/JossWhedon.
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'' Po and the Furious Five do this to infiltrate Shen's compound and try and destroy his cannon weapon. It works but Po's past trauma causes him to freeze up at a critical moment and end the operation in failure.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Franchise/StarWars'', where Han and Luke pretend to be transporting their Wookiee "prisoner," Chewbacca.
** A New Hope is also a subversion, though, as the one manning the detention center has some suspicion about not being notified about the transfer beforehand (due to the Empire being obvious stickler's for protocol and efficiency), forcing them to abandon the trick and orchestrate a "one-man prison revolt" to get rid of the guards and the security footage.
** The Rebellion repeated the trick in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' with Leia infiltrating Jabba's palace by posing as a bounty hunter and bringing Chewbacca in; not to mention letting herself be captured. (That's right, it was intentional. None of them thought they could ever sneak out of the place. The whole point of the overall plan [[BatmanGambit was to fool Jabba]] into putting Luke in a situation where [=R2D2=] could deliver the lightsaber he had hidden inside him, and ''then'' make a surprise attack, and in the end, it worked perfectly.)
*** To summarize, this plan required first that [=R2D2=] and [=C3PO=] be given to Jabba as gifts of good faith. Then Leia (in disguise) delivers Chewbacca, frees Han from the Carbonite, and is captured herself. ''Then'' Luke walks in, demands the release of his friends, and is captured (after a fight). Once they have thus gotten the entire crew together in one place, and out of Jabba's palace (for the execution), the Big Damn Jailbreak ensues. The only person who had to do a conventional infiltration was Lando, who evidently just signed up for a job opening as a mook.
*** Well Luke was hoping he could free his friends without all this (through bribery, force or JediMindTrick). When that doesn't work it's TimeForPlanB.
** Subverted in ''DarkEmpire'', where Palpatine abducts Luke, Luke hatches a plan to pretend to be Palpatine's apprentice and then kill him, but in the end, Luke himself goes over to the DarkSide only to be saved by Leia. In the end, Han kills Palpatine.
** This is parodied in ''TwistedToyfareTheater'', where ''every'' plan the group has seems to involve putting Chewbacca in binders for some reason.
* In ''Film/TheMask'', Jim Carrey's character gets a police officer to do this for him, at gunpoint.
* In ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'', Data uses this trick to get Picard onto the Reman warship ''Scimitar'' while pretending to be his own EvilTwin.
* Both ''[[OceansEleven Ocean's Twelve]]'' and ''Ocean's Thirteen'' featured one of Linus Caldwell's parents stepping in to pull this off -- his mom in Twelve, his dad in Thirteen. Poor Linus. How can you be an effective high-stakes thief when your parents won't stop looking over your shoulder?
** Rusty does the same to Basher in ''Ocean's Eleven'', posing as an FBI agent to take him into custody before the LAPD can take him.
* In ''SecondhandLions'', one of the stories told by the uncles featured this.
* In ''TheProposition'', The Burns Gang infiltrates the police station by having Two-Bob put on full traditional Aboriginal dress and war paint while Sam and Arthur steal police uniforms and drag him into town as their prisoner.
* ''BloodDiamond'', although it lasts about twenty seconds, (just long enough for the soldiers to lower their guard and the "prisoner" [[JustShootHim to shoot them]]) and is done to cross a bridge.
* Played straight in ''Film/{{Windtalkers}}'' when [[spoiler: Ben Yahzee dresses up as a Japanese soldier and takes his "captive" Joe Enders into a Japanese camp in order to gain access to a working radio.]]
* In ''Film/TropicThunder'' the FiveManBand (sans leader) almost pull this off, but Lazarus is caught in a contradiction. MoreDakka ensues.
* In ''Film/FaceOff'', this kicks off the plot, when Archer takes Castor Troy's face as part of a black bag operation to infiltrate [[BackwardsName Erewhon Prison]] and get information on Castor's bomb from Pollux Troy. This would have worked out if Castor hadn't woken from his coma and taken Archer's face in reply.
* In ''Film/TopSecret'', Resistance members Chocolate Mousse and Deja Vu wear German army uniforms and march Nick Rivers ahead of them at gunpoint in order to infiltrate Fleurgendorf prison. There are two jokes: Chocolate Mousse is black (and all of the German soldiers are white), and as they're goosestepping, their boots fly off.
* In ''Film/TheATeam'', Murdock is disguised as the General by wearing a bag over his head, and [[spoiler: when Pike shoots him, it appears that he has died. Actually, it was ketchup packets and explosive squibs.]]
* In Disney's ''The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh'', the Scarecrow and his men [[DressingAsTheEnemy dress as a British Navy press gang]] in order to get a man out of prison.
* In ''Force 10 From Navarone'', Mallory and Barnsby get back into the Chetnik camp they had just escaped from by getting two partisans to disguise themselves as guards (The guards in question being two with allegedly burned faces covered with bandages, so facial recognition isn't an issue) and take them back in through the front gate as recaptured prisoners. They then rescue their still-captured medic and explosives expert (And the explosives expert's suitcase full of explosives).
* In the 2010 French thriller ''Point Blank'', a fugitive pretends to be a cop and leads his ally (also a fugitive) into a police station in handcuffs. This is the only way for them to enter the police station and retrieve a piece of [[CaughtOnTape exculpatory evidence]] without attracting notice.
* In ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', Bane and two of his mercenaries let themselves get captured so he can find out exactly who Dr. Pavel made a deal with instead of him. That soldier who informs the CIA agent that the hooded prisoners worked for Bane? It might take a second viewing of the film to realize that he is Bane's right-hand sniper, Barsad, posing as a Uzbekistan militant.
** Later, when Bruce returns to Gotham, this is the method through which he gets to Fox, who can help him reach his backup Batsuit. First, he enlists Selina Kyle by appealing to her better nature and offering her the Clean Slate program (it is hinted that a Trojan Prisoner ploy will be used when Bruce tells her "I need you to find out where they're holding him [Fox], then take me in"). The steps after that are simple: Bruce lets himself get captured by Bane's men, who put a bag over his head and take him to the holding tank where Lucius Fox and Miranda Tate are being held. After he is deposited, Selina comes down and tells the mercenaries that Bane wants Bruce and Fox isolated from the others. They are led upstairs with a few mercenaries, and once out of sight from anyone else, she uses her CombatStilettos to knock out the mercenaries and unlocks Fox's handcuffs:
-->'''Lucius Fox:''' I like your new girlfriend, Mr. Wayne!
-->'''Selina Kyle:''' He should be so lucky.
** Also done in the ''Film/TheDarkKnight''. After a surprisingly elaborate chase, the Joker is captured and sent to the cooler to be transported to Blackgate. However not only does he have a Plan B that results in Harvey and Rachel getting kidnapped and put in death traps. He implants a bomb in one of his henchmen, likewise has him arrested and taken to the G.C.P.D. After Batman and Gordan are busy trying to save Harvey and Rachel, he coaxes a fight with the guard looking over him, wins, holds the guard hostage then detonates the bomb. With the building in disarray, he's free and clear to capture Lau, his intended target, and escape.
* In ''Film/GIJoeRetaliation'', Storm Shadow disguises himself as Snake-Eyes and allows himself to be captured so he will be transported to the prison where Cobra Commander and Destro are being held.
* In ''Film/{{RIPD}}'' the BigBad does this to [[spoiler:steal the confiscated pieces of the Staff of Jericho from R.I.P.D. headquarters]].
* Hercules/Maciste (Ma-CHEE-Stay) may or may not pull this in ''Hercules Against The Moon Men''/''Maciste And The Queen of Samar'' when, during a botched rescue, he is seemingly subdued when the enemy soldiers do little more than throw a net over him, which he should have been able to easily break out of given that he can bend steel and kill monsters with his bare hands (as was pointed out in the MysteryScienceTheater3000 episode that riffed the film). It is possible that once he realized he'd been duped he let the bad guys capture him so that he could play TheMole and learn the evil queen's true plans
* Done in the ''Film/TheAvengers'' by Loki to attack the S.H.I.E.L.D air carrier from the inside by taking control of the Hulk.
* Played with in ''Film/RioBravo''. The bad guys capture JohnWayne and threaten to kill a hostage if he doesn't cooperate, then walk into the jail with him posing as federal marshalls. The man left on guard isn't fooled however.
* In ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'', [[TheDragon Algrim]] disguises himself as a marauder and lets himself be taken prisoner by the Asgardians, so that he can escape from the dungeon cells, both starting a prison riot as a diversion and putting him in position to destroy Asgard's defenses from within just as the Dark Elves attack.
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* ''TreasureIsland'': Long John Silver pulls this with Jim, who'd been genuinely captured by Silver and the other pirates earlier. Silver's practical reason for keeping Jim alive is that he's his best chance to escape the gallows if things go south, as Silver suspects they might, ''and'' an extra gun hand against the pirates who'll inevitably turn on them once that happens. However, it's never entirely clear whether Silver would have kept his word to keep Jim alive if things had gone according to plan...
* The ''Literature/BlackJewels'' series uses this to great effect in the third novel, when [[spoiler:Daemon]] pretends to betray and capture [[spoiler:Surreal]].
* ''Literature/AmericanGods'': Czernobog and Mr. Nancy dress as police officers to get Shadow out of prison.
* In the first trilogy of the ''{{Dragonlance}} Saga'' the good guys try to do this and fail miserably when [[spoiler:''they are captured because they lack the proper paperwork'']]. This rather original subversion is somewhat {{lampshaded}} when the hero is frantically trying to think of a way out of the mess and realize that of all the things that could have gone wrong with their plan, no one considered the idea that they would [[spoiler: be suspected of being deserters]].
* Magnificently subverted in Terry Pratchett's very first novel, ''TheCarpetPeople''.
--> '''Hero:''' I am just taking the prisoners, harharhar.
--> '''Guard:''' Where are you taking them?
--> '''Hero:''' ...Enough of this talking, harharhar. [Beats up guard] I runs out of ideas after a while.
* Chase, of the ''SwordOfTruth'' series, does this using his adopted daughter as the captive, in order to make a rescue attempt. Coincidentally, two other groups of characters use similar disguises to perform the exact same rescue, each of their own volition. After they meet up with each other, they make their way out with the rescuees playing the captives.
* ''Literature/TheScarletPimpernel'' and the French Aristocracy whom he was trying to rescue often wore disguises to get past revolutionary-held borders and checkpoints. In one particularly brilliant scheme, he dressed himself and a group of rescuees as revolutionary guardsmen, who approached a border checkpoint, claiming to be after a suspicious cart that had just gone through it. The Pimpernel and his group were let through, and the scheme remained undiscovered -- until a few minutes later when the ''real'' guards showed up.
* Ur-Example: Sinon in ''Literature/TheAeneid'' pulls this on (you guessed it) the Trojans to try to get them to bring the [[TrojanHorse horse]] into the city. You know that thing about "beware Greeks bearing gifts?" that was in context, about him specifically.
* In the ''XWingSeries'' novels, part of the plan to retake Coruscant from the Empire is to [[BoxedCrook take dangerous criminals]], a significant part of the intergalactic crime syndicate Black Sun, from the prison world Kessel, then smuggle them to Coruscant where they will cause havok and distract Imperial forces. Unfortunately, some of those criminals still have Imperial ties.
** In the comics, very soon after he has defected to the Rebellion Soontir Fel darkly hints that he's a FakeDefector to get intel out of a reluctant Imperial captive.
** "[[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Side Trip]]", a novella written by both TimothyZahn and MichaelStackpole, has Thrawn-in-Mandalorian-armor pull a blaster on Corran and his father after guiding them into a mutual enemy's clutches. Thrawn, assumed to be a bounty hunter going with the money, exchanges threats with Corran, telling him that he'll "[[MultitaskedConversation seek you out and take care of you personally]]" and that ''he'' would be the only thing between Corran and freedom, even grabbing the cell bars and shaking them after Corran and his father are imprisoned. After Thrawn and the mutual enemy have left, Corran's father shows his son that the bar-shaking move was a cover, letting Thrawn stick a molecular stiletto - think tiny lightsaber with a ''very'' fragile blade - on the bar. "Taking care of you personally" meant that when they escaped and got back to him, Thrawn would be in a better tactical position to start shooting, and they'd be on the same side.
** The [[XWingSeries Wraiths]] once pull a weird version with actual prisoners. The plan goes like this: Wraiths start a [[BarBrawl bar fight]] with Imperial pilots; more Wraiths show up dressed as military police and arrest all the fighters; Imperials get knocked out on the way back to the stockade, and the Wraiths from the bar change into police uniform too; all Wraiths infiltrate the base [[DressingAsTheEnemy as fake guards]] with real (unconscious) prisoners. Mind, they got the idea because, earlier in the book, agents of Warlord Zsinj tried to do this to them...and failed when one of the Wraiths saw through it.
* In ''Literature/WarriorCats'' a group of [=ShadowClan=] elders agree to help the [=ThunderClan=] warriors recover the kits [=ShadowClan=] had stolen. They drag former [=ShadowClan=] outcast Yellowfang into the camp and present her to their leader as their prisoner as they sneak the [=ThunderClan=] warriors into the camp.
* Done with mixed success in Creator/DanWells' ''Literature/{{Partials}}''.
* Alvin Fog and Mark Scrapton do this in order to get access to the prison where 'Handsome Phil' Foote is being held in ''The Justice of Company Z'' by JTEdson.
* A large-scale example in the Literature/BelisariusSeries: In order to capture a major enemy stronghold, Belisarius and most of his army are "taken prisoner" after being "defeated in a battle". They are escorted into the stronghold by a group of a couple thousand soldiers who used to be on the enemy's side, before defecting en masse in a prior novel.
** In the second novel, Belisarius has had Prince Eon assume the role of ridiculously oversexed ladies man who has to have a harem of prostitutes/slaves in his presence to satisfy his urges. The Malwa they are traveling with thus never notice when there's an extra one that's appeared out of nowhere: the escaped Princess Shakuntala.
* In "Twenty years after" (sequel to {{Literature/The Three Musketeers}}), Porthos and D'Artagnan pretend to take prisoners Athos and Aramis.
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* Used by Alex in ''Series/{{Lost}}'', and {{lampshaded}} by Sawyer: "Don't get mad at me because you fell for the Wookiee Prisoner gag."
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', "The Train Job", Inara gets Mal and Zoe out of holding by pretending they're escaped indentured servants.
** Slightly subverted in that the sheriff is obviously suspicious of this but not enough to stop them. He also believes he has judged Mal correctly when he sets an ambush, expecting him to return the stolen loot (which turns out to be [[spoiler:desperately-needed medical supplies]]). He lets Mal go after getting the loot back.
* ''Series/MissionImpossible'' has done this several times, often to get a member of their team into a prison, such as in "Old Man Out", "Trial By Fury" and "The Test Case".
* In ''Series/RedDwarf'', the Cat and Kochanski dress up as Gelfs (with Lister as himself) in order to get into a Simulant's ship.
* In Spike's introductory episode on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Angel tries this with Xander as the prisoner, using EnforcedMethodActing to coax realistic prisoner behavior out of him. It doesn't work as Spike knows Angel too well and thus knows he's faking it.
** This Trope appears in a Season 3 episode in which [[spoiler: Angel's soul is apparently removed by a sorcerer, thus allowing Angel and Faith to kidnap Buffy and in reality allowing Angel and Buffy to learn of the Mayor's plans for the ascension.]] Since this is quite drawn out, it might actually count as a reverse interrogation instead.
* TheDragon Astronema does this in ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'' to help them get them on the planet the BigBad has Zordon imprisoned.
* Attempted in "[[Series/DoctorWho The Dalek Invasion of Earth]]". The Daleks were not amused, but it is more successful in "Planet of the Daleks".
* This is how Michael Weston gets to a fugitive on the lam in the ''Series/BurnNotice'' episode "Friendly Fire." Michael plays the prisoner.
** The voiceover even came close to calling the trope by name: "The ultimate Trojan horse is a shackled prisoner."
* Londo attempts this with G'Kar against Cartagia in ''Series/BabylonFive''. Starts to be subverted when Cartagia replaces G'Kar's rigged-to-break chains with real ones on a whim, but G'Kar [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome breaks them anyway]].
* Used to get Byers and Bond out of prison in ''TheLoneGunmen'' after they went in trying to prove a prisoner's innocence [[spoiler: only to find out that the guy's actually guilty, but that another prisoner has been framed]], and freeing him.
* An exceptionally brief version appears in ''Series/{{Farscape}}'', where D'argo and Sikozu, in the midst of a riot between her species and the Charrans, progress by going up to a guard pretending that he captured her, and immediately punching him in the face. Then going to the next guard and doing the exact same thing, word for word.
* Variant from ''MyNameIsEarl''. Earl's car has been impounded, but he needs it to complete a list item. So his friend Kenny offers him help: he will allow Earl to [[PunkInTheTrunk get in his car's trunk]], then get his car deliberately impounded so Earl can sneak his own car out. Trouble is, Kenny drives [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renault_5 a very small car]]. So Kenny ends up being the one to go in the trunk, and being the UnluckyEverydude he is, the plan does not go well.
* In an episode of ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'', Xena and Gabrielle let themselves get arrested on purpose by a corrupt ruler as part of a plan, but not at the same time. Xena does so first, in order to contact a rebel leader who was already in prison. Later in the episode, Gabrielle lets herself be caught too, in order to smuggle Xena's chakram into the prison (which was disguised as the brim of the bowler-like hat she was wearing), along with her whip (which she wore around her waist like a belt).
* In an episode of [[Series/{{MASH}} M*A*S*H]], BJ and Hawkeye accidentally captured a Chinese soldier who ''really'' didn't want to fight any more. Suddenly, their prisoner, who they had nicknamed Ralph, pointed his rifle at them and shouted orders (in Chinese, of course), just as a Chinese patrol came around a corner. After the patrol was satisfied that his "prisoners" were in good hands and left, Ralph lowered his rifle and surrendered again.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': In the Season 9 finale, Castiel has [[spoiler: Gadreel]], fresh off a HeelFaceTurn, pretend to take him prisoner so that they can sneak past Metatron's followers and get into Heaven. [[spoiler: The angels don't fall for it, however.]]
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* Used in Chapter 15 of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'': Reconstruction, where Church poses as Agent Washington's prisoner so they can get past they at the A.I storage facility. It fails when one guard gets suspicious and decides to report it to his superiors, leading to a shoot-out instead.

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* Used in "Bee in the City", a Transformers convention script-reading starring the cast of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''. Flareup has to sneak [[KidAppealCharacter Bumblebee]] and ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' Megatro - uh, [[MostDefinitelyNotAVillain I mean]], "Joe" into Shockwave's lab to rescue Sari and Optimus. She does so by claiming they're Primes, who aren't allowed in Axiom Nexus. There's even a "cell-block one-one-three-eight" reference (which the guard doesn't get).

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Used in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood'', by faking the capture and delivery of Bartolomeo d'Alviano to the French, in order for Ezio to get close and assassinate the Baron de Valois. Bartolomeo's captors are all his own troops (and Ezio) wearing stolen French uniforms.
* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'' has this as a gameplay mechanic. Connor can summon Assassins disguised as Redcoats to take him "prisoner" and march him into heavily fortified locations.
* A villainous example: The intro of ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'' has Batman dragging SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker off to Arkham after thwarting a hostage situation that involved the Mayor that was instigated by the latter, noting that it was suspiciously easy this time around. Turns out, he's right and it was all part of the Joker's plan to take over the madhouse. Turns out that when you take an insane person to the asylum, you're just taking him home.
* A variant is used in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' during Isabela's personal quest in act 3. Hawke turns her over to one of Castillon's agents, then tracks the agent back to Castillon's base.
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', Shepard pretends to be held prisoner by Narl in order to negotiate the Blood Pack joining the mercenary army that Aria T'Loak is building. Shepard also acts as a distraction to allow TheStarscream to launch their planned coup.
* A rather convoluted example in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty''. Snake and Olga teamed up and then apparently betrayed Raiden near the entrance to Arsenal Gear, and subdued him, captured and delivered him to Solidus's men. The betrayal was actually faked in order to lessen security onboard Arsenal Gear, although they never told Raiden before doing it, presumably in order to sell the act. This understandably left Raiden really ticked off at Snake when he met up with him later.
* One mission in ''GuildWars Nightfall'' involves DressingAsTheEnemy to infiltrate Varesh Ossa's base. If you bring your centaur companion, who can't ("You may be able to dress as Kournans, two-legs, but what am I supposed to be, your mascot?"), guess what you do with him. (Complete with dialogue straight out of ''StarWars''!)
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', the party does this to infiltrate the Asgard Ranch. And again in [[spoiler:Welgaia]]
** And once again in the sequel to infiltrate the Vanguard. Subverted in that [[spoiler: though the {{mooks}} fall for it, Alice isn't fooled and throws all of them in prison.]] Except they still get it to work,[[spoiler: shutting off the power and escaping in under a minute]]
* Happens in ''TearsToTiara'' with [[LadyOfWar Octavia]], a former imperial officer, with Morgan as the fake prisoner. It would have worked, if it weren't for the fact that the unit that Octavia associated herself with was known to have been destroyed a long time ago.
* Happens again in the sequel ''[[VideoGame/TearstoTiara2 Tears to Tiara 2]]'', where [[TheHero Hamil]] orders the assault force to take the main characters prisoner before the bridge at Eburon in order to infiltrate the imperial base. With a small dose of WoundedGazelleGambit.
* In ''VideoGame/TransformersWarForCybertron'', Optimus, Bumblebee, and Sideswipe allow themselves to be taken captive in an attempt to rescue Sentinel Prime from a Decepticon prison. Sentinel did not survive, but Optimus was able to liberate the rest of the incarcerated Autobots.
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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0356.html Sabine polymorphing into a CPPD officer]] to help Pompey escape right after being captured.
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0387.html Elan disguising as a CPPD officer]] to escape with Thog from Prison (this one relies hard on [[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy the guards being crazy]], which they indeed are).
* Done in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/d/20050528.html here]].
* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', Agatha uses this method to get into Castle Heterodyne.
* Done in an arc of ''GeneralProtectionFault'' involving an alternate dimension populated with EvilTwin (or sometimes Good Twin) counterparts of the cast. Fooker explains the plan to his teammates as "[[StarWars Aren't you a little short for a stormtrooper?]]"


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* When [[Literature/TheLayOfPaulTwister Paul Twister]] rescues a woman who a renegade mage was holding in a dungeon under [[ColdBloodedTorture horrifying conditions,]] she turns out to be a Celestial warrior who's [[UnwantedRescue quite annoyed at him,]] claiming she got herself captured on purpose so she could find out who the mage was working for.
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' "A Clone of My Own", Fry is brought into the "Near Death Star" as an escaped prisoner.
* ''BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'' almost goes through with it, with the Commander disguised as a bounty hunter leading Buzz's captured squad away. Unfortunately, the Mole they're secretly rescuing pops out from stowaway too early.
--> Brain: Oh yeah? Sweet freedom! Emperor Zurg can kiss my big, fat cerebellum. Oh... we're not at Star Command yet... are we?
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' episode "Titans Together", Jericho takes possession of Cinderblock and pretends that Pantha, Mas and Herald are his captives. [[spoiler: He botches it when he speaks through Cinderblock, who up to this point would only grunt and roar]].
* Wolverine and Beast do this in ''WesternAnimation/{{Wolverine And The X-Men}}'', Logan even referring to Beast as "Chewie".
* When [[WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants Spongebob]] is transported to Ye Olde Bikini Bottom, the group infiltrates the evil wizard's castle with the recently-befriended Black Knight (Sandy) pretending to have captured Spongebob, Patrick, and Squidward. Despite knowing that this is a trick, Spongebob reacts with genuine fear when Sandy relates all the various horrible ways she plans to have them tortured.
* Combined with ISurrenderSuckers in ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''; In order to combat the return of the [[TransformersGenerationOne G1 Starscream]] (it's complicated), the Maximals pretend to surrender themselves to the Decepticon, in exchange for allowing one of their (exaggeratedly) injured comrades to use the repair bay inside their commandeered base. Starscream buys it, and locks the Maximal and their leader Optimus in the brig as leverage while ordering the rest to attack the Predacons. Turns out, though, that's exactly what the Maximals wanted, as it puts the two "prisoners" in a perfect position to retake the base.
** Similarly, Rattrap's defection. It was a ploy to find out how the Predacons were intercepting Maximal communications so easily. Turns out they had stolen a Maximal decoder chip, which Rattrap was now in a perfect position to recover.
* Played with repeatedly during the Boiling Rock episodes of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''.
** And in the Season 1 episode ''Imprisoned'', they visit an Earth village that was taken over by the Fire Nation. Katara pretends to be an Earthbender in order to be taken to the prison ship in which the Fire Nation put all of the other Earthbenders, in order to free one of their friends who was captured.
** And in "The Runaway" episode: Katara pretends to turn Toph in to the authorities to collect the sizable reward money, with the intention that Toph will simply metalbend her way out of jail. [[spoiler:It doesn't exactly go as planned.]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' episode "Two To Tutor", the "police helicopter" that picks up Shego and Seņor Senior Junior turns out to be a fake piloted by Seņor Senior Senior.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'' episode "A Sultan Worth His Salt", Aladdin allows himself to be captured by the [[AmazonBrigade Galafems]] during a rescue mission to save Jasmine. While the Galafem queen and her troops interrogate Aladdin, Genie and the Sultan infiltrate the island, [[BoundAndGagged tie up and gag]] the queen's sentries, and ultimately save the day.
* Used heavily in the ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' episode "Terrors", where Superboy and Miss Martian disguise themselves as supervillains and allow themselves to be "arrested" by the [[JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justice League]]. While in Belle Reve prison, they foil an attempted breakout and save the day.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperHeroSquadShow'': In "Days, Nights, and Weekends of Future Past!", H.E.R.B.I.E. sneaks Falcon and Magneto into prison by pretending to be a Sentinel and marching them up to the doors of the prison.

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* Jerzy Bielecki managed to escape from Auschwitz with a friend [[http://www1.yadvashem.org/yv/en/exhibitions/flickers_of_light/jerzy_bielecki.asp using this trope.]]
* A similar escape happened at [[TheAlcatraz Colditz POW camp]]. The Allied prisoners were quite adept at making convincing fake guard uniforms, but the process was slow. It was noticed that a storeroom in the outer courtyard of the castle was occasionally visited by work details from another camp under heavy guard. After digging a quick tunnel to the storeroom and acquiring some Polish NCO uniforms eight prisoners were able to walk straight out of the camp following a shift change, while using up only two of the precious Guard disguises.
* The Dutch resistance freed 44 prisoners from Leeuwarden prison during the German occupation in 1944 by sending five men into the prison using this trope.
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