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[[caption-width-right:200:"We're not breaking out of anything!"]]

''Breakout Kings'' is an American drama television series created by Nick Santora and Matt Olmstead, of ''PrisonBreak'' fame. The show is based on the adage that it takes a thief to catch a thief. This time it takes the Best of the Worst to catch the same.

Three deputy U.S. Marshals form a partnership with three convicts to apprehend escaped prisoners. In return for their services, the cons will be transferred to a minimum-security prison and have one month taken off their sentences for each fugitive they catch. If any of the cons themselves should try to escape, all three will be returned to their original maximum-security prisons and their sentences will be ''doubled''.

TheTeam tries to catch fugitives within [[TimedMission 72 hours]] of their escape, before they "get lost in the wind" or before they can cause too much collateral damage.

Set in the ''Prison Break'' verse, ''Breakout Kings'' has also been called "''Series/{{Leverage}}'' [[XMeetsY meets]] ''WhiteCollar''", or "''{{Thunderbolts}}'' without superheroes".

The show was cancelled after two seasons in May 2012.

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!!This series provides examples of:

* AndThatsTerrible: The team's reaction to the pedophile in "Out of the Mouths of Babes."
* ArchEnemy: Damien Fontleroy, to Lloyd in particular and the team in general.
* AssholeVictim: This show is surprisingly fond of this trope.
** Erica's victims.
** [[spoiler: Genevieve's rapists]] in "Paid in Full."
** [[spoiler: Wayne and Roy]] in "The Bag Man."
** [[spoiler: The rapist]] in "Steaks."
** [[spoiler: Cruz's victims]] in "Cruz Control."
** The prison guard and [[spoiler:Candace]] in "Ain't Love (50) Grand?"
* TheAtoner: Benny Cruz, the runner in "Cruz Control", a lifelong gangbanger looking to erase his sins... by killing the wicked.
* BeardlessProtectionProgram: The team figures that a big prison break was supposed to have another participant who missed the escape because he was sent to the prison infirmary. He stands out since he recently shaved his head so he would look different from his mugshot pictures.
* BigBad: Damien in Season 2.
* BiggerIsBetterInBed: Erica is convinced that the perp in Episode 9 is packing; his lover doesn't dispute that fact.
* BlackBestFriend: Shea to Lloyd, on occasion.
* BloodSplatteredWeddingDress: In "Off the Beaten Path", Erica is captured and dressed in a wedding veil by the escapee after she has freed his original victim. Charlie rescues her by shooting the escapee, splattering Erica and the veil with his blood.
* BodybagTrick: In "Steaks", two convicts murder an obese inmate and then hide in his coffin in order to escape.
* BoxedCrook
* [[spoiler: BlackDudeDiesFirst]]: [[spoiler: Charlie.]]
* BreakTheCutie: Lloyd, when in the second season [[spoiler: Damien takes him hostage and forces him to play a game of cards to save a girl's life. Lloyd does, and he wins... but then Damien [[IronicEcho reminds]] Lloyd that he is insane, and kills the girl anyway. Right in front of him.]]
** It gets even worse in the season finale. Damien holds [[spoiler: Ray's daughter]] hostage to force the team, particularly Lloyd, through a scavenger hunt intended to screw with his mind. This includes forcing them to [[spoiler: dig through Charlie's ashes,]] and making Lloyd confront [[spoiler: the parents of the girl who OD'ed from one of his bad prescriptions. Lloyd points out to Ray that he accepted 25 years for a simple manslaughter charge because he couldn't bear to face them in court.]] Topping off the twisted game, for the last step in the scavenger hunt, Damien demands that Lloyd [[spoiler: kill an escaped convict in cold blood.]] Lloyd offers to do it, saying that Damien wanted to break him, and it worked. [[spoiler: Fortunately the team finds Damien before Lloyd actually goes through with it.]]
* BrotherSisterIncest: T-Bag claims to be the product of this (brother-sister rape actually) in "The Bag Man".
* BrutalHonesty: This appears to be how Lloyd views his profiling; he doesn't understand why Shea gets pissed when he rattles off statistics about black crime rates or why Erica is enraged to the point of attacking him when he [[EurekaMoment realizes that]] [[spoiler: she's got a daughter who she's been separated from]].
* CharacterOverlap: In the third episode of the first season [[PrisonBreak T-Bag]] breaks out from Fox River, yet again. An unprecedented case of a character crossing over to a show on a completely different network. The show was originally owned by Fox.
** Not to mention, it was unadvertised; only people who had seen ''Series/PrisonBreak'' would know about the crossover.
* TheCollector: Xavier Price
* ConveyorBeltODoom: In "The Bag Man", T-Bag feeds one of his victims into a rock crusher at a quarry.
* CompletelyMissingThePoint: Jules compares living in her mum's house for 3 years as an agoraphobic as being equivalent to living in jail, because she was stuck unable to leave the house for that time due to her mental condition (and she worked as a telemarketer). She fails to realize how jail is more about the restriction, deprivation, humiliation, debasement, violence and compromising of all moral and ethical values in order to survive.
* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: In "Queen of Hearts", Erica gets a little annoyed at Lloyd for jeopardizing everyone's position on the team due to his gambling problem:
-->'''Erica:''' If you ever get in debt again... I will harvest one of your organs with my thumbnail.
* DaddysGirl: Ray's daughter, in a positive example.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Both cons and cops have theirs.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: When the task force listens to Dom!Erica's interrogation in "Queen of Hearts," Charlie tells Lloyd to "keep his hands out of his pockets."
* DisappearedDad: Lloyd never really knew his father, Lars. He tricks himself into believing whatever lies his mother tells him about the man because he doesn't want to confront the truth.
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler: Damien]].
* DisproportionateRetribution: a lot of this show demonstrates both this trope and its inverse when it comes to the American justice system, where relatively innocent people get horrific sentences for their crimes (sometimes crimes complicated by circumstance, accidental or those they didn't commit at all), and the deeply guilty often get away with a light slap on the wrist (hence showing TruthInTelevision). For example, there is Lloyd, who gets ''twenty-five years'' for writing an illegal prescription to pay for his gambling debts... a prescription that his "patient" voluntarily paid for, and then ended up overdosing on when she attempted suicide by downing a handful of pills with a bottle of vodka. Everyone treats him like a murderer, and he clearly thinks the same about himself, despite the fact that the girl could have taken aspirin or any other medication and taking that many pills would still have killed her. Shae, on the other hand, got considerably less time when he ran an illegal gang syndicate which was more directly responsible for dozens of deaths. Typically, prison is a way to punish, and the worse the lawyer sells the case, the worse the convict gets, irrelevant of their actual crime or moral culpability.
* DroppedAfterThePilot:
** The con artist Philly in the pilot episode was intended to be a regular member of the team. She doesn't appear in the series, replaced by bounty hunter Erica. Her absence is at least explained, as the Marshals discovered she was concealing ill-gotten gains and she was thrown of the program and transferred to high-security prison.
** The show also has another seeming team-member cut (i.e. sent back to prison) before the end of the first episode, because he pocketed a knife while they were in a restaurant, apparently planning to escape. The guy shows up in a later episode wherein [[ConsultingAConvictedKiller he aids the team from prison]].
* DyingToBeReplaced: [[spoiler: Now that Charlie's gone, it seems like Ray's going to be the new protagonist.]]
* ElevatorGoingDown: Shea and his girlfriend Vanessa hook up in the elevator in the Kings's base in "One for the Money".
* EnforcedMethodActing: In-Universe: Ray forces Lloyd into this when he enacts a plan that involves [[spoiler: allowing the criminal they've captured to swipe his keys and gun and take them hostage, taking them straight to where her partner was holding several ''other'' hostages]]. Lloyd is understandably less than thrilled when he learns how he was manipulated.
** Ray and Charlie do it again a few episodes later, convincing a runner he's going to take a bribe so that he'll let go of Lloyd and give him a clear shot.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: It's the reason why [[spoiler: T-Bag]] breaks out of prison.
** Subverted with Lloyd, as he wanted his teammates to tell his mother "I hate you" if he was killed.
* EverythingIsRacist: Shea tries this on Ray in the second episode of the second season, Ray says that the reason is that [[DiscriminateAndSwitch he doesn't trust Micks]] (Shea claims that he is 1/8th Irish.)
* EvilCounterpart: Damien is this for Lloyd. Both have mother issues, crave attention, fake emotion when the situation demands, and are highly intelligent and well read. Damien just happens to be a psychopath.
* EvilMatriarch: Carmen Vega
* ExactWords: Lloyd convinces a captured fugitive to turn on his partners by pretending to be a Marshal, and offering a deal. He never specifically says he is one; he just comes into the interrogation room, and behaves like he's Charlie's boss. He also says that the deal is "as legit as anything I can offer" (which is nothing) and that "an offer made by a U.S. Marshal cannot be rescinded under the law." (which it hasn't been)
** That is, of course, nonsense: an offer made by a marshal has no legal force whatsoever. Only a prosecutor can offer a deal.
* {{Expy}}: Lloyd is basically [[PrisonBreak T-Bag]], taken down a few notches.
* FanService:
** Erica in Episode 12; she even lampshades the fact that she's wearing unnecessarily tiny panties. She then is used to try and bait a convict by dressing provacatively in the season 2 premiere, along with appearing only just with a towel around her.
** Jules to a lesser extent, but she still cleans up very nicely. There's also that scene in the series finale where she yanks off her nylons to provide the "spit shield".
* FauxActionGirl: Erica is supposed to be this badass former bounty hunter who can track anyone and killed five of the men who killed her father and so forth, but in "Out of the Mouths of Babes," a middle-aged former school counselor is able to outrun her and give her the slip. In "The Bag Man," T-Bag is able to get away from her by the simple expedient of closing a door and sticking a mop in the door handle. When she is useful, it's in a role that seems more like they were written for Philomena, as when she seduces/dominates the fugitive-of-the-week's accomplice in "Queen of Hearts."
* FemmeFatale: Lilah in "Queen of Hearts." Starla in "Fun With Chemistry."
* FiveManBand: The band got a little switched up in Season 2 due to [[spoiler: Charlie's death]].
** Season 1
*** TheHero: Charlie
*** TheLancer: Ray
*** TheBigGuy Shea
*** TheSmartGuy: Lloyd
*** TheChick: Jules
*** SixthRanger: Erica
** Season 2
*** TheHero: Ray
*** TheLancer: Erica
*** TheBigGuy Shea
*** TheSmartGuy: Lloyd
*** TheChick: Jules
** Due to Jules role as fact checker and Lloyd more non action demeanor, Jules and Lloyd can switch between chick and smart guy depending on the scene.
** Season One alternate interpretation
*** TheHero: Charlie
*** TheLancer: Ray (Also TheBigGuy)
*** TheChick: Jules (Also TheSmartGuy)
*** TheSixthRanger: #1 Shea (6th Ranger TheLeader )
*** TheSixthRanger: #2 Erica (6th Ranger TheLancer )
*** TheSixthRanger: #3 Lloyd (6th Ranger TheChick )Lloyd is of course also TheSmartGuy for the entire team, as well as TeamMom on occasion

* Also fits the sub-type of FiveManBand of ThreePlusTwo or in this case Three Plus Three.
** Charles, Ray, Jules make up the base PowerTrio and the FaceHeelTurn three round it out.
** The 'Legal' power trio is Beauty Brains and Brawn with Beauty also being the NaiveNewcomer.
** To keep it fresh the 'Legal' PowerTrio rolls of Brains and Brawn are shared by Charlie and Ray. Charlie is Brains but also Brawn when it comes to throwing around the full power of the criminal justice system. Ray is the more traditional Brawn but his experience and past successes allow him to also be the brains.
* ForcedToWatch: [[spoiler: Damien kidnaps Lloyd and forces him to watch him kill a female hostage. Lloyd is unharmed, but it sends him into a HeroicBSOD and he quits the team.]]
* TheGamblingAddict: Lloyd. It's landed him in hot water more than once.
* GentlemanThief: Andre in "One for the Money", although he can be more vicious than a typical example.
* GreatEscape: Every episode opens with one -- turns out there are ''dozens'' of novel ways to break out of prison.
* HadToComeToPrisonToBeACrook: Oliver in "Steaks". Sent to prison for a joyride that accidentally resulted in a death, he is torturing and murdering people following his escape.
* HandicappedBadass: T-Bag in "The Bag Man". He stabs a guard to death with his prosthetic hand and then proceeds to go an a RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
* HeroicBSOD: Lloyd, after [[spoiler:being kidnapped by Damien and forced to watch him kill a young woman.]]
* HiddenHeartOfGold: The inmates in particular are shown via several moments to care for one another's well being, even though they'll never openly admit it. Erica, for instance, picks a highly valuable watch off of a {{Jerkass}} detective to help Lloyd pay off his debt to another prison inmate. Shea intimidates that prison inmate into taking the watch and shaving off the rest of Lloyd's debt.
* HollywoodHacking: The hacking scene in "Like Father, Like Son" could have come straight out of an 80's movie.
* IHaveBoobsYouMustObey: Philly
* IHaveYourDaughter: In "Queen of Hearts", Lilah Tompkins escapes from prison by claiming to have had an accomplice kidnap a guard's son, and threatening to kill him unless the guard cooperates. She shows the guard a photo of his son on a mobile phone in order to convince him. [[spoiler:She was bluffing, but the guard had no way of knowing that.]]
%%* InsufferableGenius: Lloyd
* InThatOrder: Lloyd, in regards to [[PrisonBreak T-Bag]]; "But of course, he was incarcerated for raping and killing a bunch of teenagers... not necessarily in that order."
* JaywalkingWillRuinYourLife: Oliver from "Steaks" was sent to prison for a joyride that went wrong. He was repeatedly raped, and became a torturer and murderer on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
* KilledMidSentence: Happens "There Are Rules", when the white-collar criminal who masterminded the [[OncePerEpisode prison break of the week]] pulls a gun on his relatively violence-oriented accomplice, and the latter tries to HannibalLecture him:
-->"...you got a problem, Ronald. You got nobody to pull that trigger for you. This is a job you can't delegate. You gotta actually dirty your hands for once, and we both know that--" BLAM
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: Charlie]].
* LargeHam: Lloyd.
* LivingLieDetector: Lloyd. He's a highly-intelligent [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Behaviorism behaviorist]], so it's to be expected.
* LookBothWays: In one episode, one of the five convicts who broke out of prison tries to escape Ray and the others by sprinting across the street, at which point he's nailed by a passing bus.
* TheMentor: Ray, to Jules.
* MissionControl: Jules, often with Lloyd.
* TheMole: [[spoiler:Colburn]] in "Where in the World is Carmen Vega?"
* MommasBoy: Lloyd, though some of the things he says may point to MommyIssues as well.
* MonsterOfTheWeek: Escaped Con of the Week in this case. Lampshaded by Ray in "SEAL'd Fate," when he introduces the "Scumbag of the Week" to the gang.
* MyBelovedSmother: See above; he's not afraid to say that he hates her.
* NoodleIncident: It's not outright stated as why Lloyd's in prison, but he was serving a 25-year sentence before he got on the task force, and he's lost his medical license.
** [[TheReveal Until it is.]] [[spoiler: Lloyd wrote illegal prescriptions to pay off his debts, and one girl committed suicide swallowing a handful of Percocet from one of them.]] He still beats himself up over it.
* NotSoDifferent: Ray is an ex-Deputy U.S. Marshal [[spoiler: who, contrary to what he told the cons, stole money to buy his daughter a car,]] and lost his job [[spoiler: after he was convicted for it.]] He has been appointed as a Special Deputy U.S. Marshal, allowing him to carry a weapon, but [[spoiler: is currently on parole - a fact that he keeps hidden from the cons until Shea finds out. After Charlie's death, he is reinstated to his former position.]]
* NWordPrivileges: Shea stops doing business with Carmen Vega partly because she tried to get him to sleep with her and partly because she called him a "word he doesn't allow people who aren't black to call [him]".
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Or rather, Obfuscating Failure. Ronald Barnes in "There Are Rules" [[spoiler: deliberately plans for all of his co-conspirators to get captured, so the Marshals will think his plan is coming apart]].
-->'''Lloyd:''' We have [[ItMakesSenseInContext his lemons]]!
* OrphanedPunchline: Lloyd's "tasty joke" from "There Are Rules":
-->The kid's crying, the mom is naked, and then the party clown says, "Now ''that'' is what I call a 'balloon knot'!"
* OutlawCouple: Mars and Starla in "Fun with Chemistry".
* PaintedOnPants: Erica's civilian attire.
* ThePerfectCrime: More like the perfect ''murder'', actually several of them. [[spoiler: Erica]] is in prison on weapons charges, but [[spoiler: she actually killed five of the six men responsible for her father's death, but did it flawlessly and was never caught for it.]]
** Ronnie Marcum, the runner in "Self-Help." He started a fight with another inmate, sent a fake anthrax letter to the warden, and used the panic to escape long enough to kill some old friends blackmailing him. He then managed to sneak back ''into'' prison, having been gone for just a few hours, claiming to have been hiding from the other inmates in the confusion of the anthrax scare. The team doesn't get their month off because they couldn't prove he ever escaped. Marcum doesn't win, though -- they get him on a murder he committed as a teenager.
* PottyFailure: Invoked by Emmy in "I Smell Emmy" [[ItMakesSenseInContext so she could escape from her prison van drivers]].
* PrisonRape: The younger runner in "Steaks" was a victim of this, [[spoiler: and escapes prison to kill the rapist.]]
* PutYourGunDownAndStepAway: In the pilot episode, the US Marshals corner the escaped convict only to find out that he is wired a little girl to a bomb and is holding the detonator. The senior agent orders his partner to lower his gun and when he does [[spoiler: the senior partner shoots the criminal in the arm which causes him to drop the detonator.]]
* RabidCop: Ray has moments like this, including threatening to burn a suspect's genitals with a cigarette lighter in "Like Father, Like Son".
* TheReveal: The cons eventually find out that [[spoiler: Ray is no longer a US Marshal]], and Shea ends up calling him out on it. [[spoiler: Ray]] reacts in anger, calling out the cons on their various crimes and revealing exactly why Lloyd is in prison.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: On the law side of the team, we have Charlie, [[{{SemperFi}} a former marine]] who has been restricted to desk work for six years due to a heart defect. Ray's [[{{AntiHero}} aggressive style of policing cost him his badge and earned him a criminal conviction.]] Then we have [[{{MissionControl}} Julianne]], who suffers from panic attacks and other problems that forced her to give up a promising future. The cons consist of a former gang kingpin, a brilliant profiler with a gambling problem, and a woman who can and will hunt you down and kill you if you cross her.
* RecruitingTheCriminal: The main premise of the show revolves around this.
* {{Redneck}}: Beaumont and the Patriot Front in "Like Father, Like Son."
* RedOniBlueOni: Charlie is the Blue Oni who is "intellectual, proud, traditional, introverted, and cultured" and his mystery is his heart condition. The passionate, determined, defiant, and more brawny than brainy Ray is the RedOni.
* RightWingMilitiaFanatic: Christian Beaumont and the Patriot Front in "Like Father, Like Son".
* RunningGag: EVERYONE in "Where in the World is Carmen Vega" thinks Flo-Flo's name is stupid.
* ShoutOut: In one episode, Shea and Erica pose as the law to get some information. The cover names that Shea comes up with on the spot? [[TheGoldenAgeOfHipHop Rakim and]] [[GenderBender Erica B]].
* ShutUpHannibal: Lloyd, when speaking to a villain they've just caught who made a lifetime out of victimizing people after he gives his MotiveRant.
** '''Lloyd''': "Some people just come broken."
* SmugSnake: Beaumont in "Like Father, Like Son." Andre in "One for the Money."
* SnowballLie: A convicted child molester is revealed to be [[spoiler:a victim of this. Only one victim was actually assaulted, and the guilty party was her own father. She was forced into blaming her teacher. The other "victims" were kids caught up in the hysteria.]]
* SpiritualSuccessor: to ''PrisonBreak''. It's set in the same verse, and features crossover characters.
* StickyFingers
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: While making a point about approaching a situation from an alternate angle, Shea denies ever stealing money from a rival gang by breaking into their hideout from next door.
* TitleDrop: The name "Breakout Kings" is suggested for the team in the pilot by Shea, who even designs a graffiti tag logo. The cons like and use it. Ray and Charlie keep protesting that it doesn't fit because "we're not breaking out of anything".
* TonightSomeoneDies: Several previews have trumpeted the idea that one of the crew members will get killed off during a hunt. [[NeverTrustATrailer So far they've all lied]].
** The commercials for Season 2 seem to have a bit more weight on this trope...
*** Confirmed. [[spoiler: Charlie's dead]].
* TooDumbToLive: Lloyd might be an extremely smart guy but he lacks the street smarts to survive in prison. He keeps insulting people and unable to control his gambling habit, and thus he owes money to the wrong people. He needs to stay on the team since in a minimum security prison he at least has some chance of surviving.
* {{Tsundere}}: Erica, Type A, toward Lloyd. Subverted, somewhat, in that she's mean to everyone, including him. She [[HiddenHeartOfGold just happens to show him kindness once in a while.]]
* UndersideRide: The escapee in the pilot episode escapes this way.
* UnresolvedSexualTension : Lloyd and Jules.
* VoiceWithAnInternetConnection: Jules
* WeHardlyKnewYe: Philly, from the Pilot episode, was originally on the task force. She, however, neglects to inform the authorities that she has over a million dollars in her bank account that she didn't get legally, and is thus sent back to her original correctional facility. Erica is her replacement.
** Gunderson, the bounty hunter from the pilot and another original Breakout King. He doesn't even make it into the field, though he makes a cameo appearance in "Off the Beaten Path."
* WhamEpisode:
** The Season 2 premiere
** The series finale.
* WhatTheHellHero: Lloyd takes Ray to task at the end of "Cruz Control" for [[spoiler:using him to kill Cruz instead of letting him talk the guy down.]]
* WouldNotShootAGoodGuy: The team are surprised when an escaped convict does not hurt people when given the opportunity. Based on his past crimes he should be acting violent and unstable. [[spoiler: He was wrongfully convicted.]]
* WrongfullyAccused: [[spoiler: Joe in "Out of the Mouths of Babes."]]
* YouCouldHaveUsedYourPowersForGood: When Lloyd calls his mother to tell her about the deal, all she says is "You could have been so much more." Then she hangs up.
* YouNeedToGetLaid: All of the team in Episode 9; Erica in particular is quite "manmished".
* ZorroMark: In "Steaks", Oliver brands his initials on to two of his victims.

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