47 wicks, and 14 inbounds.
For a trope this common (the villain escapes to do evil another day), that is pathetic.
And the name doesn't help. It's not as though the villain in The Prisoner of Zenda is the only one who made an exit. There is also the hero leaving after the king is saved. Or the King's brother having a sort of exit (in the form of Redemption Equals Death). My point is the name is not indicative, and is not helping this trope.
Reading the page again, I think he has it right; it's supposed to be about "leaps out of a window into a convenient lake or moat and swims away"; the discussion page from an earlier version says "The key to a Prisoner Of Zenda Exit is a leap from a high place into water."
But the examples are a mess; some are about jumping out a window (or off a roof, or some other context involving jumping) without the "swims away" angle, some seem to be about the Pre Escape One Liner (which should be on So Long, Suckers!). So if that's what the trope is about, it needs a good cleanup.
Calling someone a pedant is an automatic Insult Backfire. Real pedants will be flattered.
It seems to have suffered some serious trope drift, not helped by tropers adding extraneous detail to the description that have muddied the waters.
I'll attempt a serious clean-up tonight; tightening the description and removing the examples that don't meet the high place/water/swim away criteria.
This is a reasonably common scene and worthy of its own trope. The 'swims away' may not be strictly necessary, but 'leap from from high place into water when cornered' (with the implication of a certain degree of style) is the essence of the trope.
I've attempted a clean-up.
I've hopefully made the 'high place/water' element more obvious in the description. I've expanded the examples I'm familiar with to emphasise the core element, and removed those examples that obviously don't apply.
Can someone who is familiar with the other examples see if they fit?
"Well it needs to matter in some way, or it would be a duplicate of Villain Exit Stage Left ("The villain escapes after being foiled")."
Um, did you miss the second and third posts, where merging was mentioned as a possibility? Why make those separate? Why not just merge into a general trope about the villain always getting away?
"Jumping out of a high place to escape" is a trope. It doesn't have to be the villain who does that. It also doesn't necessarily have to end in water.
Anything else here appears to be already covered by Exit Villain Stage Left.
So everything on this page is covered by No Escape but Down or by Exit Villain Stage Left, and this page has a serious lack of wicks and inbounds and an obscure name.
So let's move the examples off and cut it; there's no need for this page.
Unless I made a significant error in this wick check, it looks like most people are using this trope to refer to an escape by jumping into a body of water. That being said, it seems like there is some confusion as to what the trope is really about since Prisoner of Zenda Exit is also being used to refer to villains escaping in general.
There may actually be a pretty good case for the idea that the trope is being underused because of the current name as many of its uses explicitly refer to The Prisoner of Zenda. I think that may indicate that the current title is a barrier to people who are not already familiar with that work.
edited 15th Mar '12 6:50:07 AM by LouieW
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Perhaps the name is also confusing because it's referring to The Prisoner of Zenda novel, but not the eponymous prisoner himself?
Alternative Titles: Prisoner Of Zenda Exit
8th May '12 2:58:12 PM
Vote up names you like, vote down names you don't. Whether or not the title will actually be changed is determined with a different kind of crowner (the Single Proposition crowner). This one just collects and ranks alternative titles.