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* If [[PlayerCharacter Valdo]] gets captured trying to move around Cloux Manor in the final act of ''VideoGame/SecretsOfDaVinciTheForbiddenManuscript'', he has to utilize this to get out of his locked bedroom. The game makes a point of hiding a sheet of paper in the room for him to use in case there isn't one in his inventory.


-->-- '''Larry Laffer''', after finding an unlocked door in ''VideoGame/LeisureSuitLarry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards Reloaded''

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-->-- '''Larry Laffer''', after finding an unlocked door in ''VideoGame/LeisureSuitLarry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards ''VideoGame/LeisureSuitLarry1InTheLandOfTheLoungeLizards Reloaded''



* Discussed in ''VideoGame/LeisureSuitLarry Reloaded'', as seen in the page quote. Note that the door Larry was talking about was a sliding door, so it wouldn't have worked anyway.

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* Discussed in ''VideoGame/LeisureSuitLarry ''VideoGame/LeisureSuitLarry1InTheLandOfTheLoungeLizards Reloaded'', as seen in the page quote. Note that the door Larry was talking about was a sliding door, so it wouldn't have worked anyway.


** And again in the bonus game for ''Redemption Cemetery: Day of the Almost Dead''. Their writers must either like this trope a lot or not talk to each other.

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** And again in the bonus game for ''Redemption Cemetery: Day of the Almost Dead''. Their writers must either like this trope a lot or not talk to each other.



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** And again in the bonus game for ''Redemption Cemetery: Day of the Almost Dead''. Their writers must either like this trope a lot or not talk to each other.



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* ''Series/FatherBrown''. Father Brown faces a locked door and asks for a hatpin: as an antique model, the key was left in the keyhole on the far side of the door, and he's able to poke it out and pull it under the door on a sheet of paper. Mrs. [=McCarthy=] looks slightly disappointed, apparently assuming he was going to use a HairpinLockpick.


* You do this while playing as Nico on the second visit to the murdered hacker's apartment in ''BrokenSword: The Sleeping Dragon'' using her pencil and a handy nearby newspaper (the first time you [[SkeletonKeyCard climbed onto the balcony and opened the latch on a window with her press ID card]]).

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* You do this while playing as Nico on the second visit to the murdered hacker's apartment in ''BrokenSword: The Sleeping Dragon'' ''VideoGame/BrokenSwordTheSleepingDragon'' using her pencil and a handy nearby newspaper (the first time you [[SkeletonKeyCard climbed onto the balcony and opened the latch on a window with her press ID card]]).


* In a children's series called ''The Baker Street Irregulars'' (involving modern-day Sherlock Holmes fans who solved crimes), one of the children is locked in a room by a suspect, and uses this method only to find someone standing guard outside the door watching the entire process. Fortunately the man finds it ActuallyPrettyFunny and lets him escape.

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* In a children's the childrens series called ''The Baker Street Irregulars'' by Creator/TerranceDicks (involving modern-day Sherlock Holmes fans who solved crimes), one of the children a SnoopingLittleKid is locked in a room by a suspect, and uses this method only to find someone standing guard outside the door watching the entire process. Fortunately the man guard finds it ActuallyPrettyFunny and lets him escape.


** Used perfectly straight in the classic episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E6TheTalonsOfWengChiang The Talons of Weng-Chiang]]". Bizarrely, the [[MediaWatchdog British Board of Film Classification]] objected to this scene when they vetted the VHS release, because it was teaching children criminal skills. The director pointed out that the concept was used by Enid Blyton, and his own experience was it didn't even work, so the BBFC relented.

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** Used perfectly straight in the classic episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E6TheTalonsOfWengChiang The Talons of Weng-Chiang]]". Bizarrely, the [[MediaWatchdog British Board of Film Classification]] objected to this scene when they vetted the VHS release, because it was teaching children criminal skills. The director pointed out that the concept was used by Enid Blyton, Creator/EnidBlyton, and his own experience was it didn't even work, so the BBFC relented.


** Used again in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E6TheWomanWhoLived The Woman Who Lived]]", set in the [=1600s=]. The Doctor was going to sonic the lock open, but Ashildr beat him to the punch.

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** Used again in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E6TheWomanWhoLived The Woman Who Lived]]", set in the [=1600s=]. The Doctor was going to sonic the lock open, but Ashildr beat him to the punch. Using one of her own {{Wanted Poster}}s, no less.



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* Played straight with a newspaper and screwdriver in the bonus game for ''Redemption Cemetery: Embodiment of Evil''.


** Also by Creator/NeilGaiman, the protagonist of ''Literature/TheOceanAtTheEndOfTheLane'' does this to get out of his bedroom after the AbusiveBabysitter locks him in.

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** Also by Creator/NeilGaiman, the protagonist of ''Literature/TheOceanAtTheEndOfTheLane'' does this to get out of his bedroom after the AbusiveBabysitter BabysitterFromHell locks him in.

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** Also by Creator/NeilGaiman, the protagonist of ''Literature/TheOceanAtTheEndOfTheLane'' does this to get out of his bedroom after the AbusiveBabysitter locks him in.



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* In ''Film/TheWindow'', Tommy manages to unlock the door to his room by pushing the key out the other side and then snatching it with a hanger underneath the door.


* Most EnidBlyton series include this at least once, especially ''The Secret Seven'' and ''Literature/TheFamousFive''.

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* Most EnidBlyton Creator/EnidBlyton series include this at least once, especially ''The Secret Seven'' and ''Literature/TheFamousFive''.


* In a children's series called ''The Baker Street Irregulars'' involving modern-day Sherlock Holmes fans who solved crimes, one of the children is locked in a room by a suspect, and uses this method only to find someone standing guard outside the door watching the entire process. Fortunately the man finds it ActuallyPrettyFunny and lets him escape.

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* In a children's series called ''The Baker Street Irregulars'' involving (involving modern-day Sherlock Holmes fans who solved crimes, crimes), one of the children is locked in a room by a suspect, and uses this method only to find someone standing guard outside the door watching the entire process. Fortunately the man finds it ActuallyPrettyFunny and lets him escape.

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