YMMV / Prison Break

  • Aborted Arc: While not quite aborted completely, many of the plans for Season 2 had to be altered when Patricia Wettig's minor role on Brothers and Sisters turned into a regular when that show became a surprise hit. Instead of having a prominent role through the season, Reynolds was instead moved to being busy as President and also added on how she was really a pawn of the Company rather than the mastermind she'd appeared to be. It did end up altering the Kellerman plotline as instead of being at her side as her bodyguard, Kellerman was cut out of the loop, realizing Reynolds never cared for him and the realization she was just a pawn would push him to aid the brothers.
  • Alas, Poor Scrappy: Sure, he betrayed the protagonists and was an annoying, sarcastic punk who loved to run his mouth, but the way Roland's death was executed in the show is pathetic enough for you to pity the man.
  • Ass Pull: It's hard to imagine the returns of Sara and Kellerman after they were both presumed dead were well thought out in advance. Also is that the fourth season opening shows us that the Sona prisoners escaped; C-Note's happy ending in season 2 is ignored; the company's very public reveal in season 2 has been ignored; Lincoln is revealed to have been a killer in his backstory - when it was repeatedly established that his character was incapable of doing so; Kellerman comes up with a contrived way to resolve everything at the end of the series with no foreshadowing; Michael and Lincoln not actually being biologically related, the list goes on.
  • Complete Monster:
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • T-Bag. He was originally a guest star only slated to appear in two episodes but quickly became the most popular character on the show.
    • Also Sucre and Mahone.
  • Foe Yay:
    • Canonical, if unidirectional. T-Bag has had "designs" on Michael since their first meeting. It's not subtle. His nickname for Michael is 'Pretty'.
    • Gretchen and Sofia. Gretchen continuously comments on how pretty Sofia is and seems to have No Sense of Personal Space with her. Also, there is Gretchen and Sara.
    • And Gretchen and Linc is canonical, if also one-sided. There are two points when Gretchen wants to have sex with Linc and tells him so.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Tweener's actor Lane Garrison went to prison for real after killing a girl while drunk driving shortly after finishing filming his role on the show (the timing was so tight that he was still appearing on the show for a couple months after going behind bars).
  • Ho Yay: T-Bag and everyone, especially Michael, but it's completely one-sided on his part.
    • Female example: Gretchen with any adult female character she interacts with. Just watch "The Final Break".
  • Idiot Plot: As strange as it sounds, arguably part of its appeal. Viewer warning: disengage your Willing Suspension of Disbelief to effectively appreciate this series.
  • Jerkass Woobie: T-Bag is an almost perfect definition of this.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Kellerman, T-Bag, the General.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: Reviews suggest that the game Prison Break: The Conspiracy is not so good.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Bellick in Season 4. He Took a Level in Kindness, helped the protagonists, saved Lincoln from getting killed, and even redeemed himself by sacrificing his life so the team could acquire Scylla.
  • The Scrappy:
  • Seasonal Rot: Seasons 3 and 4. The latter is more of a Broken Base.
  • Shocking Swerve: Near the end of the series, we find out that Lincoln isn't Michael's biological brother. Since no one (Michael included) seemed to care, and since this was revealed at the last second, it's pretty obvious that this reveal was pulled out of the writers' asses.
  • Squick:
  • The Woobie: Many of the characters.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: While many fans hate Roland for being a narcissist computer hacker who ends up betraying the team, many other fans actually feel sorry for him. Michael and the group already seemed to hate Roland from the start for no real reason, with Lincoln calling him douche the minute they met. Roland was constantly bullied by the team, especially Lincoln and Sucre just for even opening his mouth. Roland was also very important to the team because they wouldn't have gotten the Scylla keys without him, yet the team didn't show him any ounce of appreciation. While Roland's betrayal was wrong, many viewers felt the team pushed Roland too far because of their sudden bully mentality. Not only that, his death at the hands of Wyatt was horrible.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Mahone barely subverts this. It can be a tall order to feel sympathy for Mahone after the death of his child considering all the people he killed back in Season 2. But to be fair, he goes through so much crap before the death of his son and the company was blackmailing him to things he didn't want to do. Plus, he goes through some great development.
    • It can be an even harder buying Kellerman's redemption after all the people he's killed in both Seasons 1 & 2. It's even harder to like him when you remember he taunted LJ with the deaths of his mother and step-father. Not to mention, he tortured many people including Sarah. Unlike Mahone, Kellerman was shown he was proud of his actions, until he failed for the last time.
    • The whole team in the first half of season 4, especially Lincoln. For their sudden bully mentality towards Roland, which many fans feel came out of nowhere. It's even worse that they hated him the moment they met him. Plus the endless IdiotBall moments they get themselves in.

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