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* ''Series/PrisonBreak'': In "Allen", Michael steals a bolt from the bleachers and rubs the bolt until the end forms a hexagon shaped key, big enough to unscrew the cell's toilet.


* In ''VideoGame/TheLongestJourney'', April has to unscrew a grating and uses the single Arcadian coin she has left to do it.

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* In ''VideoGame/TheLongestJourney'', April has to unscrew a grating and uses the single Arcadian coin she has left to do it. The fact that the coin is Arcadian is relevant, because coins have not been in circulation in her own world, Stark, for centuries.


* At the beginning of ''VideoGame/{{Penumbra}}: Black Plague'', Philip has to flatten a coin in a vice to use as a makeshift screwdriver that can uncover a [[AirVentPassageway leading out of his cell]]. The coin can also be used in a soda machine later.

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* At the beginning of ''VideoGame/{{Penumbra}}: Black Plague'', Philip has to flatten a coin in a vice to use as a makeshift screwdriver that can uncover a [[AirVentPassageway vent leading out of his cell]]. The coin can also be used in a soda machine later.

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* In ''[[Creator/FreemanWillsCrofts The Box Office Murders]]'', Molly Moran constructs a screwdriver from a filed-down penny, fire tongs and a length of cord.


* Tommy from ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' regularly keeps a screwdriver in his diaper to break out of his playpen.

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* Tommy from ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' regularly keeps a toy screwdriver in his diaper to break out of his playpen.playpen. It is occasionally used as an actual screwdriver.

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* Tommy from ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' regularly keeps a screwdriver in his diaper to break out of his playpen.
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* At the beginning of ''VideoGame/{{Penumbra}} Black Plague'', Philip has to flatten a coin in a vice to use as a makeshift screwdriver that can uncover a [[AirVentPassageway leading out of his cell]]. The coin can also be used in a soda machine later.

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* At the beginning of ''VideoGame/{{Penumbra}} ''VideoGame/{{Penumbra}}: Black Plague'', Philip has to flatten a coin in a vice to use as a makeshift screwdriver that can uncover a [[AirVentPassageway leading out of his cell]]. The coin can also be used in a soda machine later.

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* At the beginning of ''VideoGame/{{Penumbra}} Black Plague'', Philip has to flatten a coin in a vice to use as a makeshift screwdriver that can uncover a [[AirVentPassageway leading out of his cell]]. The coin can also be used in a soda machine later.





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* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2:'' Woody unscrews the cover of an air vent by turning the screws with his bare hands--as a toy, he's small enough for that to work. Later, [[spoiler:Stinky Pete uses his toy pickaxe to re-tighten those same screws, closing the cover to prevent Woody from leaving.]]

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* In ''Film/DTox'', Malloy uses the TragicKeepsake of his murdered fiancee's engagement ring to unscrew the bolts on a hatch cover when he gets locked up in the underground clinic.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2:'' ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'': Woody unscrews the cover of an air vent by turning the screws with his bare hands--as hands -- as a toy, he's small enough for that to work. Later, [[spoiler:Stinky Pete uses his toy pickaxe to re-tighten those same screws, closing the cover to prevent Woody from leaving.]]

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* In ''Film/DTox'', Malloy uses the TragicKeepsake of his murdered fiancee's fiancée's engagement ring to unscrew the bolts on a hatch cover when he gets locked up in the underground clinic.




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* ''WebVideo/TribeTwelve'': While working to [[spoiler:swipe Karl's journal]], Milo had to use one of his buttons to unscrew the box it was hiding in.

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* ''WebVideo/TribeTwelve'': While working to [[spoiler:swipe Karl's journal]], Milo had to use one of his buttons to unscrew the box it was hiding in.in.
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* After [[spoiler:Larry's]] death in ''Videogame/TheWalkingDead Season 1'', Lee must search the corpse's pockets for some coins, which he can use as improvised screwdrivers to remove an air conditioner from the wall of the room they're locked in.

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* After [[spoiler:Larry's]] death in ''Videogame/TheWalkingDead Season 1'', ''Videogame/TheWalkingDeadSeasonOne'', Lee must search the corpse's pockets for some coins, which he can use as improvised screwdrivers to remove an air conditioner from the wall of the room they're locked in.

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Heroes often find themselves trapped. On closer inspection of their predicament, they discover there is a way out, but it is sealed with screws. Lacking proper tools, the hero is forced to [[MacGyvering improvise a screwdriver from materials at hand]].

Coins and rings are popular choices, as these are common items that villains might not think to remove from a hero.

Compare ImprovisedLockpick.

This can be TruthInTelevision.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2:'' Woody unscrews the cover of an air vent by turning the screws with his bare hands--as a toy, he's small enough for that to work. Later, [[spoiler:Stinky Pete uses his toy pickaxe to re-tighten those same screws, closing the cover to prevent Woody from leaving.]]

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* In ''Film/DTox'', Malloy uses the TragicKeepsake of his murdered fiancee's engagement ring to unscrew the bolts on a hatch cover when he gets locked up in the underground clinic.
* In ''Film/Sahara2005'', Dirk Pitt uses the gold dollar as a screwdriver to detach the pickup truck bed from the back of the truck.
* In ''Film/StarredUp'', Eric creates a SinisterShiv out of a toothbrush and a razorblade. The shiv doubles as a makeshift screwdriver, as he uses it to unscrew the light fitting in his cell in order to hide the weapon.

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* ''Literature/DirkPittAdventures'': In ''Cyclops'', Pitt uses the catch from his Doxa watch as a screwdriver to escape a cell.

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* ''Series/MacGyver1985'': In "Last Stand", Mac and the GirlOfTheWeek are literally LockedInAFreezer. Mac uses the tip of a meat hook as a screwdriver as part of his escape plan.

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* ''Videogame/EdnaAndHarveyTheBreakout'' has a puzzle in which Edna must learn to loosen screws with fingernail clippings.
* After [[spoiler:Larry's]] death in ''Videogame/TheWalkingDead Season 1'', Lee must search the corpse's pockets for some coins, which he can use as improvised screwdrivers to remove an air conditioner from the wall of the room they're locked in.
* In ''VideoGame/TheEscapists'', a plastic knife can be used as a makeshift screwdriver.
* In ''VideoGame/TheLongestJourney'', April has to unscrew a grating and uses the single Arcadian coin she has left to do it.

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* ''WebVideo/TribeTwelve'': While working to [[spoiler:swipe Karl's journal]], Milo had to use one of his buttons to unscrew the box it was hiding in.

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