People in prison end up having a cellmate who worked with them during their criminal career, despite the fact that no reasonable jailer would do something like that.
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- A sequel comic to Superman Returns has Lex Luthor pull strings to get a less-than-bright cellmate, specifically so he can have an audience for his genius plans.
- Just about anytime The Punisher ends up in prison, he runs into a hierarchy of prisoners who more or less run the place. For example, a Mafia family get huge, almost customised cells, with all the luxuries that can be brought in there, including TV sets, porno mags and blowjobs (from other inmates).
- In Lucky Luke, the four Dalton Brothers will always get a cell together. Add to that the fact that it is a Cardboard Prison and they are all Tunnel Kings, and they will also very easily escape together.
- The Beagle Boys (Disney) in various incarnations usually also get a cell together.
- When imprisoned in Malfoy Manor in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Harry and Ron are put in the same room as Luna. It does help that the 'prison' is basically the basement of Malfoy Manor.
- In Interesting Times, Rincewind is thrown in prison by the Emperor. He quickly finds his old travel companion, Twoflower, is in the adjacent cell.
- In Oz, Ryan O'Reily arranges to have his brother Cyril become his cellmate so he can protect him.
- In My Name Is Earl, Earl finds that he is cellmates with an old friend of his, Frank.
- One of the major conflicts in Orange Is the New Black is between main character Piper and her ex-girlfriend, Alex. Piper was sent to prison for helping Alex smuggle drug money.
- In the Prison Episode "Folsom Prison Blues" (S02, Ep19) of Supernatural, Sam and Dean do not share a cell, but they are in the same cell block with cells right across from each other and are allowed to spend time together in the yard and during meals. Sam's cell is B309; Dean's cell is B310.
- Lampshaded and subverted in Thrill Me: Nathan tells Richard that they'll be cellmates, and Richard points out how ridiculous an idea that is. It's not ridiculous—Nathan's had the guards bribed.