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In comedic versions, it's usually just a throwaway gag, and the fate of the mysterious victim isn't ever alluded to. And whether it's played for [[PlayedForLaughs laughs]] or [[PlayedForDrama drama]], it's a subtrope of DistressCall.

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In comedic versions, it's usually just a throwaway gag, and the fate of the mysterious victim isn't ever alluded to.mentioned. And whether it's played for [[PlayedForLaughs laughs]] or [[PlayedForDrama drama]], it's a subtrope of DistressCall.



* ''Film/WithoutAClue'': The man forced to counterfeit pound notes for Professor Moriarty prints a clue on them about his location. Ironically Holmes and Watson completely misunderstand the clue, yet stumble on his location anyway.

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* ''Film/WithoutAClue'': The man forced to counterfeit pound notes for Professor Moriarty prints a clue on them about his location. Ironically Ironically, Holmes and Watson completely misunderstand the clue, yet stumble on his location anyway.



* ''VideoGame/FairyGodmotherTycoon'' has a story part where someone finds a wig -- there's a little note attached. "''Please help. Kidnapped. Forced to make wigs. Rapunzel.''" Not to mention the tip "Help, I'm trapped in a tip-writing factory."

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* ''VideoGame/FairyGodmotherTycoon'' has a story part where someone finds a wig -- there's a little note attached. "''Please help. Kidnapped. Forced to make wigs. Rapunzel.''" Not to mention the tip tip, "Help, I'm trapped in a tip-writing factory."



** It happened again in [[https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2018/10/10/17953106/walmart-prison-note-china-factory 2017]] when a women bought a purse in Walmart, and the note details how prisoners are forced to work long hours to finish a quota, those that don't get a beating, they are served little food because most of it is eaten by the guards.

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** It happened again in [[https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2018/10/10/17953106/walmart-prison-note-china-factory 2017]] when a women bought a purse in Walmart, and the note details how prisoners are forced to work long hours to finish a quota, those that don't get a beating, and they are served little food because most of it is eaten by the guards.


* The page image is from ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'', where a writer has been enslaved in his own home by a particularly mean and ugly muse.

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* The page image is from ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'', where a writer has been enslaved in his own home by a particularly mean and ugly muse.muse that's a BrawnHilda, emphasis on "Brawn".


* ''LightNovel/OreGaSukiNanoWaImoutoDakedoImoutoJaNai'', an anime which was infamous for its frequent instance of OffModel, has one of the staff credited as 正直困太 ("Shoujiki Komatta"). That's not a real person's name - it instead translates to "We're in serious trouble"

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* ''LightNovel/OreGaSukiNanoWaImoutoDakedoImoutoJaNai'', an anime which was infamous for its frequent instance of OffModel, has one of the staff credited as 正直困太 ("Shoujiki Komatta"). That's not a real person's name - it instead translates to "We're in serious trouble"trouble", as in the anime's own TroubledProduction.


* ''LightNovel/OreGaSukiNanoWaImoutoDakedoImoutoJaNai'', an anime which was infamous for its frequent instance of OffModel, has one of the staff credited as 正直困太 ("Shoujiki Komatta"). That's not a real person's name - it instead translates to "We're in serious trouble"



* ''LightNovel/OreGaSukiNanoWaImoutoDakedoImoutoJaNai'', an anime which was infamous for its frequent instance of OffModel, has one of the staff credited as 正直困太 ("Shoujiki Komatta"). That's not a real person's name - it instead translates to "We're in serious trouble"

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* ''LightNovel/OreGaSukiNanoWaImoutoDakedoImoutoJaNai'', an anime which was infamous for its frequent instance of OffModel, has one of the staff credited as 正直困太 ("Shoujiki Komatta"). That's not a real person's name - it instead translates to "We're in serious trouble"




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* ''LightNovel/OreGaSukiNanoWaImoutoDakedoImoutoJaNai'', an anime which was infamous for its frequent instance of OffModel, has one of the staff credited as 正直困太 ("Shoujiki Komatta"). That's not a real person's name - it instead translates to "We're in serious trouble"

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* In [[https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/07/chinese-prisoner-letter-identified_n_4233949.html 2012,]] a woman bought some Halloween decorations from a K-Mart store, and discovered a note that claimed that the man who packaged that product was arrested, and sent to a prison for "reeducation through labor."
** It happened again in [[https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2018/10/10/17953106/walmart-prison-note-china-factory 2017]] when a women bought a purse in Walmart, and the note details how prisoners are forced to work long hours to finish a quota, those that don't get a beating, they are served little food because most of it is eaten by the guards.


* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'': A writer has disappeared, though he continues to turn in manuscripts to his editors; however, Conan discovers that said manuscripts contain a coded message for help. [[spoiler: Ultimately subverted, as the author was simply terminally ill and had faked his own kidnapping in hopes that one of his fans could solve the puzzle he'd devised before he passed away.]]

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* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'': A writer has disappeared, though he continues to turn in manuscripts to his editors; however, Conan discovers that said manuscripts contain a coded message for help. [[spoiler: Ultimately [[spoiler:Ultimately subverted, as the author was simply terminally ill and had faked his own kidnapping in hopes that one of his fans could solve the puzzle he'd devised before he passed away.]]



-->'''''Q.''' What made you come back to [=WildStorm=]?''\\
'''''A.''' I was abducted. Please help. I'm sending this message out through an advertisement in the hope that Jim Lee won't see it and therefore won't give me the hose again. I'm in a bunker under a building in Burbank. '''Please help me.''' ''

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-->'''''Q.-->'''Q.''' What made you come back to [=WildStorm=]?''\\
'''''A.
[=WildStorm=]?\\
'''A.
''' I was abducted. Please help. I'm sending this message out through an advertisement in the hope that Jim Lee won't see it and therefore won't give me the hose again. I'm in a bunker under a building in Burbank. '''Please help me.''' '''''



-->''And bye the border of Afhter, fromme the east side even untoe the west side, a portion for Naphtali.''/
-->''And bye the border of Naphtali, from the east side untoe the west side, a portion for Manaffeh.''/
-->''Buggre all this for a Larke. I amme sick to mye hart of typesettinge. Master Biltonn is no Gentelmann, and Master Scagges noe more than a tighte fisted Southwarke Knobbesticke. I telle you, onne a daye laike this ennywone with half an oz. of sense should bee oute in the sunneshain, ane nott stucke here alle the liuelong daie inn thif mowldey olde By-Our-Lady workeshoppe. @*"AE@;!*''/
-->''And bye the border of Ephraim, from the east fide even untoe the west fide, a portion for Reuben.''

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-->''And bye the border of Afhter, fromme the east side even untoe the west side, a portion for Naphtali.''/
-->''And
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''And
bye the border of Naphtali, from the east side untoe the west side, a portion for Manaffeh.''/
-->''Buggre
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''Buggre
all this for a Larke. I amme sick to mye hart of typesettinge. Master Biltonn is no Gentelmann, and Master Scagges noe more than a tighte fisted Southwarke Knobbesticke. I telle you, onne a daye laike this ennywone with half an oz. of sense should bee oute in the sunneshain, ane nott stucke here alle the liuelong daie inn thif mowldey olde By-Our-Lady workeshoppe. @*"AE@;!*''/
-->''And
@*"AE@;!*''\\
''And
bye the border of Ephraim, from the east fide even untoe the west fide, a portion for Reuben.''



* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS37E7Kerblam "Kerblam!"]], the Doctor receives a rather overdue package from the titular MegaCorp with "HELP ME" typed on the back of the packing slip inside. This prompts her and her companions to head off for the company's headquarters to investigate. [[spoiler: The trope ends up being subverted, as the message didn't originate from a trapped worker, but from Kerblam!'s operating system. It had discovered one employee's plans to execute a terrorist attack by rigging thousands of packages with bombs, while nobody else in the company noticed anything amiss.]] Ryan, who works in a warehouse back in Sheffield, initially dismisses the message as a prank, implying that he and his co-workers used to do similar things as pranks at work.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS37E7Kerblam "Kerblam!"]], the Doctor receives a rather overdue package from the titular MegaCorp with "HELP ME" typed on the back of the packing slip inside. This prompts her and her companions to head off for the company's headquarters to investigate. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The trope ends up being subverted, as the message didn't originate from a trapped worker, but from Kerblam!'s operating system. It had discovered one employee's plans to execute a terrorist attack by rigging thousands of packages with bombs, while nobody else in the company noticed anything amiss.]] Ryan, who works in a warehouse back in Sheffield, initially dismisses the message as a prank, implying that he and his co-workers used to do similar things as pranks at work.



-->'''Frankie''': Help me, I'm trapped in a sign-making factory.

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-->'''Frankie''': -->'''Frankie:''' Help me, I'm trapped in a sign-making factory.



-->'''Dave''': "Help, I'm being held prisoner in a complaint box", which is actually kinda funny.

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-->'''Dave''': -->'''Dave:''' "Help, I'm being held prisoner in a complaint box", which is actually kinda funny.



--> '''Colin''': Help me they're making me do "Hats" I wanna go home...

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--> '''Colin''': '''Colin:''' Help me they're making me do "Hats" I wanna go home...


* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS37E7Kerblam "Kerblam!"]], the Doctor receives a rather overdue package from the titular MegaCorp with "HELP ME" typed on the back of the packing slip inside. This prompts her and her companions to head off for the company's headquarters to investigate. Ryan, who works in a warehouse back in Sheffield, initially dismisses the message as a prank, implying that he and his co-workers used to do similar things as pranks at work.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS37E7Kerblam "Kerblam!"]], the Doctor receives a rather overdue package from the titular MegaCorp with "HELP ME" typed on the back of the packing slip inside. This prompts her and her companions to head off for the company's headquarters to investigate. [[spoiler: The trope ends up being subverted, as the message didn't originate from a trapped worker, but from Kerblam!'s operating system. It had discovered one employee's plans to execute a terrorist attack by rigging thousands of packages with bombs, while nobody else in the company noticed anything amiss.]] Ryan, who works in a warehouse back in Sheffield, initially dismisses the message as a prank, implying that he and his co-workers used to do similar things as pranks at work.


* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS37E7Kerblam "Kerblam!"]], the Doctor receives a rather overdue package from the titular MegaCorp with "HELP ME" typed on the back of the packing slip inside. This prompts her and her companions to head off for the company's headquarters to investigate.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS37E7Kerblam "Kerblam!"]], the Doctor receives a rather overdue package from the titular MegaCorp with "HELP ME" typed on the back of the packing slip inside. This prompts her and her companions to head off for the company's headquarters to investigate. Ryan, who works in a warehouse back in Sheffield, initially dismisses the message as a prank, implying that he and his co-workers used to do similar things as pranks at work.


In comedic versions, it's usually just a throwaway gag, and the fate of the mysterious victim isn't ever alluded to.

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In comedic versions, it's usually just a throwaway gag, and the fate of the mysterious victim isn't ever alluded to.
to. And whether it's played for [[PlayedForLaughs laughs]] or [[PlayedForDrama drama]], it's a subtrope of DistressCall.


* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS37E7Kerblam "Kerblam!"]], the Doctor receives a rather overdue package from the titular MegaCorp with "HELP ME" typed on the back of the packing slip inside.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS37E7Kerblam "Kerblam!"]], the Doctor receives a rather overdue package from the titular MegaCorp with "HELP ME" typed on the back of the packing slip inside. This prompts her and her companions to head off for the company's headquarters to investigate.


-->'''''Q.''' What made you come back to [=WildStorm=]?''
-->'''''A.''' I was abducted. Please help. I'm sending this message out through an advertisement in the hope that Jim Lee won't see it and therefore won't give me the hose again. I'm in a bunker under a building in Burbank. '''Please help me.''' ''

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-->'''''Q.''' What made you come back to [=WildStorm=]?''
-->'''''A.
[=WildStorm=]?''\\
'''''A.
''' I was abducted. Please help. I'm sending this message out through an advertisement in the hope that Jim Lee won't see it and therefore won't give me the hose again. I'm in a bunker under a building in Burbank. '''Please help me.''' ''
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* Creator/StephenColbert used [[http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/82145/february-13-2007/the-word---apocalypse-mao--murdered-by-the-orient-s-success---frenemy this trope]] in a ''[[Series/TheColbertReport Colbert Report]]'' -- [[ChinaTakesOverTheWorld Apocalypse Mao: Murdered by the Orient's Success]].
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS37E7Kerblam "Kerblam!"]], the Doctor receives a rather overdue package from the titular MegaCorp with "HELP ME" typed on the back of the packing slip inside.



* One ''Series/MockTheWeek'' ''Scenes We'd Like to See'' round gave us ''Weird Things to See on a Road Sign'' to which Frankie Boyle provided us with...
-->'''Frankie''': Help me, I'm trapped in a sign-making factory.



* One ''Series/MockTheWeek'' ''Scenes We'd Like to See'' round gave us ''Weird Things to See on a Road Sign'' to which Frankie Boyle provided us with...
-->'''Frankie''': Help me, I'm trapped in a sign-making factory.



* Creator/StephenColbert used [[http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/82145/february-13-2007/the-word---apocalypse-mao--murdered-by-the-orient-s-success---frenemy this trope]] in a [[Series/TheColbertReport Colbert Report]] -- [[ChinaTakesOverTheWorld Apocalypse Mao: Murdered by the Orient's Success]].



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* There's an urban legend of an immigrant or other forced labor using the fortune cookie as a "I'm being held prisoner at [a Chinese food preparation place]." The earliest documented one is from 1955 [[http://www.barrypopik.com/index.php/new_york_city/entry/fortune_cookie_or_fortune_cake_help_im_prisoner_in_a_chinese_bakery/ (listed here)]] but like most urban legends, it's probably been around for longer than that.
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* There's an urban legend of an immigrant or other forced labor using the fortune cookie as a "I'm being held prisoner at [a Chinese food preparation place]." The earliest documented one is from 1955 [[http://www.barrypopik.com/index.php/new_york_city/entry/fortune_cookie_or_fortune_cake_help_im_prisoner_in_a_chinese_bakery/ (listed here)]] but like most urban legends, it's probably been around for longer than that.
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* There's an urban legend of an immigrant or other forced labor using the fortune cookie as a "I'm being held prisoner at [a Chinese food preparation place]." The earliest documented one is from 1955 [[http://www.barrypopik.com/index.php/new_york_city/entry/fortune_cookie_or_fortune_cake_help_im_prisoner_in_a_chinese_bakery/ (listed here)]] but like most urban legends, it's probably been around for longer than that.
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-->"The work is written, master, give me a drink. Let the right hand of the scribe be free from the oppressiveness of pain."
-->"Let me not be blamed for the script, for the ink is bad, and the vellum defective, and the day is dark."
-->"St Patrick of Armagh, deliver me from writing."

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-->"The work is written, master, give me a drink. Let the right hand of the scribe be free from the oppressiveness of pain."
-->"Let
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me not be blamed for the script, for the ink is bad, and the vellum defective, and the day is dark."
-->"St
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"St
Patrick of Armagh, deliver me from writing."


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-->"Let me now be blamed for the script, for the ink is bad, and the vellum defective, and the day is dark."

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-->"Let me now not be blamed for the script, for the ink is bad, and the vellum defective, and the day is dark."


-->'''Frankie''': Help I'm trapped in a sign making factory.

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-->'''Frankie''': Help me, I'm trapped in a sign making sign-making factory.


* [[https://youtube.com/watch?v=nDNfV1HZU04 A woman whose boyfriend was holding her and her three children against their will called for help in a Pizza Hut order.]]

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* [[https://youtube.com/watch?v=nDNfV1HZU04 A woman whose boyfriend was holding her and her three children against their will called for help in a through an order with the Pizza Hut order.app.]]

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