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* ''ComicBook/WonderWoman1942'': In the only successful escape from Reformation Island--though only half the conspirators actually made it out before being recaptured--the four who made it off the island to the US were recaptured and sent back one after another within a day of their escape.
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* ''Series/TrueJacksonVP'''s episode "Ditch Day" has True and Lulu end up in mall jail for "stealing" coins from the fountain. Other members of the cast wind up in there as well as the episode progresses, such as Jimmy being tossed into jail for making music the mall-cop dislikes.

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* ''Series/TrueJacksonVP'''s episode "Ditch Day" has True and Lulu end up in mall jail for "stealing" coins from the fountain. Other members of the cast wind up in there as well as the episode progresses, such as Jimmy being tossed into jail for making music the mall-cop dislikes. Turns out at the end, the whole thing was set up by Mr. Madigan to help boost the confidence of a young boy who saved them.


* At the climax of the first season of ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'', Section 9's investigation of the Laughing Man case unintentionally reveals their existence to the public's eye, and they are blamed as the culprits of the Laughing Man incident. This forces Section 9 to disband and go into hiding, but they are eventually tracked down one by one and taken into custody.

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* ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'': At the climax of the first season of ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'', season, Section 9's investigation of the Laughing Man case unintentionally reveals their existence to the public's eye, and they are blamed as the culprits of the Laughing Man incident. This forces Section 9 to disband and go into hiding, but they are eventually tracked down one by one and taken into custody.



* One arc in ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'' saw most of the characters except Goat being arrested for various reasons. Luckily, before he could ruin the strip with his [[TheBore lack of humor,]] the rest of the cast end up getting bailed out by [[ComicStrip/BloomCounty Steve Dallas.]]

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* ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'': One arc in ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'' saw sees most of the characters except Goat being arrested for various reasons. Luckily, before he could ruin the strip with his [[TheBore lack of humor,]] humor]], the rest of the cast end up getting bailed out by [[ComicStrip/BloomCounty Steve Dallas.]]Dallas]].



* An offscreen occurrence happens in ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow'' episode "Andy Saves Barney's Morale". Andy has to leave Mayberry to testify in a court case, so he leaves Barney in charge of keeping the town peaceful and quiet. Upon getting back, he realizes Barney has followed through with his task by ''[[UpToEleven arresting the entire population of Mayberry]]''. Andy releases them all and discharges them after reviewing their "offenses".
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* ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow'': An offscreen occurrence happens in ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow'' episode "Andy Saves Barney's Morale". Andy has to leave Mayberry to testify in a court case, so he leaves Barney in charge of keeping the town peaceful and quiet. Upon getting back, he realizes Barney has followed through with his task by ''[[UpToEleven arresting the entire population of Mayberry]]''. Andy releases them all and discharges them after reviewing their "offenses".
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* In the ''Series/GilligansIsland'' episode "[[Recap/GilligansIslandS3E15GilliganGoesGungHo Gilligan Goes Gung Ho]]", the Castaways set up a system of law enforcement with Gilligan and the Skipper as "policemen". Gilligan goes overboard and proceeds to arrest Mr. Howell (unauthorized borrowing of binoculars, which could count as theft), Mrs. Howell (for trying to slip him a JailBake), Ginger and Mary Ann (for building a fire too close to a hut), the Professor (for carrying concealed weapons -- something he had made for their latest escape attempt) and the Skipper (for shaking him to get the keys).

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* ''Series/GilligansIsland'': In the ''Series/GilligansIsland'' episode "[[Recap/GilligansIslandS3E15GilliganGoesGungHo Gilligan Goes Gung Ho]]", the Castaways set up a system of law enforcement with Gilligan and the Skipper as "policemen". Gilligan goes overboard and proceeds to arrest Mr. Howell (unauthorized borrowing of binoculars, which could count as theft), Mrs. Howell (for trying to slip him a JailBake), Ginger and Mary Ann (for building a fire too close to a hut), the Professor (for carrying concealed weapons -- something he had made for their latest escape attempt) and the Skipper (for shaking him to get the keys).



* One episode of ''Series/MrRobot'' sees Elliot seeking to move up in his company so that he can get the security clearance he needs to carry out his latest plan. Since earning promotions fairly would take too long, he instead chooses to boost himself up by having his superiors arrested. Cue a montage of the FBI repeatedly coming to arrest his co-workers.
* A serious example is the plot of ''Series/PrisonBreak''. After his brother is imprisoned and sentenced to death, Michael Scofield deliberately commits a crime in order to be put in the same jail as him, which occurs in the first episode.
* A variation of this trope occurs in ''Series/RaisingHope''. In one episode it is discovered that Burt Chance is a registered sex offender, having been caught having sex with his future wife when she was still underage. Burt then tries to get taken off the sex offender registry. However, over the course of the episode, the rest of the Chance family get on sex offender registry for a variety of reasons (e.g. Maw Maw strips down in a court house, Virginia urinates in a public place).

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* ''Series/MrRobot'': One episode of ''Series/MrRobot'' sees Elliot seeking to move up in his company so that he can get the security clearance he needs to carry out his latest plan. Since earning promotions fairly would take too long, he instead chooses to boost himself up by having his superiors arrested. Cue a montage of the FBI repeatedly coming to arrest his co-workers.
* A serious ''Series/PrisonBreak'' uses a non-comedic example is the plot of ''Series/PrisonBreak''.this. After his brother is imprisoned and sentenced to death, Michael Scofield deliberately commits a crime in order to be put in the same jail as him, which occurs in the first episode.
* ''Series/RaisingHope'': A variation of this trope occurs in ''Series/RaisingHope''. In one episode it is where it's discovered that Burt Chance is a registered sex offender, having been caught having sex with his future wife when she was still underage. Burt then tries to get taken off the sex offender registry. However, over the course of the episode, the rest of the Chance family get on sex offender registry for a variety of reasons (e.g. Maw Maw strips down in a court house, Virginia urinates in a public place).



* A variant occurs in ''Series/VeronicaMars'', where Logan gets himself arrested for car vandalism [[GetIntoJailFree in order to be in prison]] with the Hearst rapist, who attempted to attack Veronica.

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* ''Series/VeronicaMars'': A variant occurs in ''Series/VeronicaMars'', where when Logan gets himself arrested for car vandalism [[GetIntoJailFree in order to be in prison]] with the Hearst rapist, who attempted to attack Veronica.



-->'''Grim:''' At the rate this duck is getting people into trouble, I predict this cell will be full in about... ''four hours''.
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-->'''Grim:''' Man, he's workin' fast!
-->'''[[WesternAnimation/EvilConCarne Hector Con Carne]]:''' [[MediumAwareness I'm not even on this stupid show anymore!]]

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-->'''Grim:''' At the rate this duck is getting people into trouble, I predict this cell will be full in about... ''four hours''.
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later)''\\
'''Grim:'''
Man, he's workin' fast!
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fast!\\
'''[[WesternAnimation/EvilConCarne
Hector Con Carne]]:''' [[MediumAwareness I'm not even on this stupid show anymore!]]



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* In the ''WesternAnimation/AngryBirdsToons'' episode "A Fistful of Cabbage", King Pig dresses up as a sheriff from a magazine that he was reading, and goes around town lassoing his minions and throwing them in a small jail cell for [[DisproportionateRetribution minor offences]], such as littering, playing with a water gun, and spitting on the ground. Soon after, when the cell has gotten so full that it looks like it's about to burst, one minion pig manages to escape through the bar windows, and when King Pig gets intimidated by a gang of pig robbers, he runs to the cell to free the imprisoned pigs and then puts himself behind bars.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/AngryBirdsToons'' episode "A Fistful of Cabbage", King Pig dresses up as a sheriff from a magazine that he was reading, and goes around town lassoing his minions and throwing them in a small jail cell for [[DisproportionateRetribution minor offences]], such as littering, playing with a water gun, and spitting on the ground. Soon after, when the cell has gotten so full that it looks like it's about to burst, one minion pig manages to escape through the bar windows, and windows. Near the end, when King Pig gets intimidated by a gang of pig robbers, he runs to the cell to free the imprisoned pigs and then puts himself behind bars.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/AngryBirdsToons'' episode "A Fistful of Cabbage", King Pig dresses up as a sheriff from a magazine that he was reading, and goes around town lassoing his minions and throwing them in a small jail cell for [[DisproportionateRetribution minor offences]], such as littering, playing with a water gun, and spitting on the ground. Soon after, when the cell has gotten so full that it looks like it's about to burst, one minion pig manages to escape through the bar windows, and when King Pig gets intimidated by a gang of pig robbers, he runs to the cell to free the imprisoned pigs and then puts himself behind bars.


* The ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'' two-parter "Operation Dude Rescue" has the male Titans trying to act "chivalrous" towards the female Titans, but are really just acting more obnoxious than anything. This extends to deciding to take it upon themselves to take on The Brain, but they are easily imprisoned. This starts a vicious cycle where Robin comes up with an idea for other counterparts of them to break them out using a time machine, only for them to fail and get locked up too. Meanwhile the female titans gather some of the reoccurring female villains to help them rescue the males, only to get trapped in their own personal prison bubble. However, they are able to work together to get out and save the boys and their counterparts, only to still find them in their annoying "chivalry" stage. [[RefusingToRescueTheDisliked The girls decide not to help them anymore]] [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere and go off to get ice cream]].

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* The ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'' two-parter "Operation Dude Rescue" has the male Titans trying to act "chivalrous" towards the female Titans, but are really just acting more obnoxious than anything. This extends to deciding to take it upon themselves to take on The Brain, but they are easily imprisoned. This starts a vicious cycle where Robin comes up with an idea for other counterparts of them to break them out using a time machine, only for them to fail and get locked up too. Meanwhile the female titans gather some of the reoccurring female villains to help them rescue the males, only to get trapped in their own personal prison bubble. However, they are able to work together to get out and save the boys and their counterparts, only to still find them in their annoying "chivalry" stage. [[RefusingToRescueTheDisliked [[RefuseToRescueTheDisliked The girls decide not to help them anymore]] [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere and go off to get ice cream]].


* A serious example is the plot of ''Series/PrisonBreak''. After his brother is imprisoned and sentenced to death, Michael Scofield deliberately commits a crime in order to be put in the same jail as him, which occurs in the first episode.



* A serious example is the plot of ''Series/PrisonBreak''. After his brother is imprisoned and sentenced to death, Michael Scofield deliberately commits a crime in order to be put in the same jail as him, which occurs in the first episode.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheEmperorsNewSchool'': Kronk becomes the hall monitor one day, so Yzma attempts to use him to get Kuzco sent to detention in order to get him alone, so she can bump him off. Instead, Kuzco catches Kronk accidentally breaking the rules himself and has him turn the tables and get Yzma locked up. In the end, Kuzco abuses his new power over Kronk so much, he attempts getting everyone locked up including the running gag of the chimp and the bug as well as the show's background colorists.



* The ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' episode "Legal Eagle" involved Orson finding an old law book and giving it to Roy to keep the piece while the former went on vacation. Roy quickly goes mad with power and locks up the rest of the cast by following the outdated and nonsensical rules. Orson later returns and, after getting locked up as well, has Roy HoistByHisOwnPetard by pointing out Roy's own equally nonsense rule breaking. This just results in Roy locking himself up with the rest of them.



* ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies2018'': In "Blanket Fort" Piggy as the Queen of the Blanket Kingdom has the other babies sent to the dungeon one by one for breaking one of her many rules. Soon, Piggy is left all alone, while the others are having fun in their cell. So Piggy has herself arrested and joins her friends.



* The ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'' two-parter "Operation Dude Rescue" has the male Titans trying to act "chivalrous" towards the female Titans, but are really just acting more obnoxious than anything. This extends to deciding to take it upon themselves to take on The Brain, but they are easily imprisoned. This starts a vicious cycle where Robin comes up with an idea for other counterparts of them to break them out using a time machine, only for them to fail and get locked up too. Meanwhile the female titans gather some of the reoccurring female villains to help them rescue the males, only to get trapped in their own personal prison bubble. However, they are able to work together to get out and save the boys and their counterparts, only to still find them in their annoying "chivalry" stage. [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere The girls decide not to help them anymore and go off to get ice cream]].
* ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies2018'': In "Blanket Fort" Piggy as the Queen of the Blanket Kingdom has the other babies sent to the dungeon one by one for breaking one of her many rules. Soon, Piggy is left all alone, while the others are having fun in their cell. So Piggy has herself arrested and joins her friends.
* The ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' episode "Legal Eagle" involved Orson finding an old law book and giving it to Roy to keep the piece while the former went on vacation. Roy quickly goes mad with power and locks up the rest of the cast by following the outdated and nonsensical rules. Orson later returns and, after getting locked up as well, has Roy HoistByHisOwnPetard by pointing out Roy's own equally nonsense rule breaking. This just results in Roy locking himself up with the rest of them.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheEmperorsNewSchool'': Kronk becomes the hall monitor one day, so Yzma attempts to use him to get Kuzco sent to detention in order to get him alone, so she can bump him off. Instead, Kuzco catches Kronk accidentally breaking the rules himself and has him turn the tables and get Yzma locked up. In the end, Kuzco abuses his new power over Kronk so much, he attempts getting everyone locked up including the running gag of the chimp and the bug as well as the show's background colorists.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'' two-parter "Operation Dude Rescue" has the male Titans trying to act "chivalrous" towards the female Titans, but are really just acting more obnoxious than anything. This extends to deciding to take it upon themselves to take on The Brain, but they are easily imprisoned. This starts a vicious cycle where Robin comes up with an idea for other counterparts of them to break them out using a time machine, only for them to fail and get locked up too. Meanwhile the female titans gather some of the reoccurring female villains to help them rescue the males, only to get trapped in their own personal prison bubble. However, they are able to work together to get out and save the boys and their counterparts, only to still find them in their annoying "chivalry" stage. [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere [[RefusingToRescueTheDisliked The girls decide not to help them anymore anymore]] [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere and go off to get ice cream]].
* ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies2018'': In "Blanket Fort" Piggy as the Queen of the Blanket Kingdom has the other babies sent to the dungeon one by one for breaking one of her many rules. Soon, Piggy is left all alone, while the others are having fun in their cell. So Piggy has herself arrested and joins her friends.
* The ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' episode "Legal Eagle" involved Orson finding an old law book and giving it to Roy to keep the piece while the former went on vacation. Roy quickly goes mad with power and locks up the rest of the cast by following the outdated and nonsensical rules. Orson later returns and, after getting locked up as well, has Roy HoistByHisOwnPetard by pointing out Roy's own equally nonsense rule breaking. This just results in Roy locking himself up with the rest of them.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheEmperorsNewSchool'': Kronk becomes the hall monitor one day, so Yzma attempts to use him to get Kuzco sent to detention in order to get him alone, so she can bump him off. Instead, Kuzco catches Kronk accidentally breaking the rules himself and has him turn the tables and get Yzma locked up. In the end, Kuzco abuses his new power over Kronk so much, he attempts getting everyone locked up including the running gag of the chimp and the bug as well as the show's background colorists.
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* ''Radio/TheGoonShow'': Over the course of "The Spanish Suitcase", all the characters end up together in the same jail cell.
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* The ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' episode "Legal Eagle" involved Orson finding an old law book and giving it to Roy to keep the piece while the former went on vacation. Roy quickly goes mad with power and locks up the rest of the cast by following the outdated and nonsensical rules. Orson later returns and, after getting locked up as well, has Roy HoistByHisOwnPetard by pointing out Roy's own equally nonsense rule breaking. This just results in Roy locking himself up with the rest of them.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheEmperorsNewSchool'': Kronk becomes the hall monitor one day, so Yzma attempts to use him to get Kuzco sent to detention in order to get him alone, so she can bump him off. Instead, Kuzco catches Kronk accidentally breaking the rules himself and has him turn the tables and get Yzma locked up. In the end, Kuzco abuses his new power over Kronk so much, he attempts getting everyone locked up including the running gag of the chimp and the bug as well as the show's background colorists.


* In the ''Series/GilligansIsland'' episode "Gilligan Goes Gung Ho", the Castaways set up a system of law enforcement with Gilligan and the Skipper as "policemen". Gilligan goes overboard and proceeds to arrest Mr. Howell (unauthorized borrowing of binoculars, which could count as theft), Mrs. Howell (for trying to slip him a JailBake), Ginger and Mary Ann (for building a fire too close to a hut), the Professor (for carrying concealed weapons -- something he had made for their latest escape attempt) and the Skipper (for shaking him to get the keys).

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* In the ''Series/GilligansIsland'' episode "Gilligan "[[Recap/GilligansIslandS3E15GilliganGoesGungHo Gilligan Goes Gung Ho", Ho]]", the Castaways set up a system of law enforcement with Gilligan and the Skipper as "policemen". Gilligan goes overboard and proceeds to arrest Mr. Howell (unauthorized borrowing of binoculars, which could count as theft), Mrs. Howell (for trying to slip him a JailBake), Ginger and Mary Ann (for building a fire too close to a hut), the Professor (for carrying concealed weapons -- something he had made for their latest escape attempt) and the Skipper (for shaking him to get the keys).


* One arc in ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'' saw most of the characters except Goat being arrested for various reasons. Luckily, before he could ruin the strip with his [[TheBore lack of humor,]] the rest of cast ended up getting bailed out by [[ComicStrip/BloomCounty Steve Dallas]].

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* One arc in ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'' saw most of the characters except Goat being arrested for various reasons. Luckily, before he could ruin the strip with his [[TheBore lack of humor,]] the rest of the cast ended end up getting bailed out by [[ComicStrip/BloomCounty Steve Dallas]].Dallas.]]


* One arc in ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'' saw most of the characters except Goat being arrested for various reasons. Luckily before he could ruin the strip with his [[TheBore lack of humor]], the rest of cast ended up getting bailed out by [[ComicStrip/BloomCounty Steve Dallas]].

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* One arc in ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'' saw most of the characters except Goat being arrested for various reasons. Luckily Luckily, before he could ruin the strip with his [[TheBore lack of humor]], humor,]] the rest of cast ended up getting bailed out by [[ComicStrip/BloomCounty Steve Dallas]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies2018'': In "Blanket Fort" Piggy as the Queen of the Blanket Kingdom has the other babies sent to the dungeon one by one for breaking one of her many rules. Soon, Piggy is left all alone, while the others are having fun in their cell. So Piggy has herself arrested and joins her friends.

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* One arc in ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'' saw most of the characters except Goat being arrested for various reasons. Luckily before he could ruin the strip with his [[TheBore lack of humor]], the rest of cast ended up getting bailed out by [[ComicStrip/BloomCounty Steve Dallas]].

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