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1[[quoteright:350:[[WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty]]]] ² [[caption-width-right:350:"Dad, why does our house have blast shields?"]]²²->''"No one gets in, no one gets out."''²²A location is isolated by means of locking every door/window/refrigerator/ [[AirVentPassageway air vent]]/other entrance in the area so that no one can get in or out of the building. For the medical cases surrounding this, it is a quarantine. Armed guards may also be posted, depending on whether or not the military is involved.²²When this begins, [[NeverTellMeTheOdds the odds are]] 99% someone will attempt a IndyHatRoll.²²Also see: TrappedInContainment and QuarantineWithExtremePrejudice. Quite likely to result in FailsafeFailure or DidntSeeThatComing if the plot demands whatever is in [=lockdown=] escapes. [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Has nothing to do with]] a certain [[WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated Cybertronian bounty hunter]]. Often the preface for a BottleEpisode.²²----²!!Examples:²²[[foldercontrol]]²²[[folder:Anime & Manga]]²* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has a set of [=Lockdown=] doors in [[GreatBigLibraryOfEverything Library Island]], which Yue triggers upon having a HeroicBSOD when she discovers herself in a LoveTriangle involving her best friend and her teacher.²* An early episode of ''Manga/SgtFrog'' features the Hinata house going into [=Lockdown=]...because Keroro has a cavity. A cavity caused by tiny aliens, but still...²* In ''Anime/IrresponsibleCaptainTylor'', after Tylor is [[spoiler: kidnapped]], the command takes the opportunity to put the whole crew in quarantine because ([[BlatantLies they claim]]) of the alien virus [[spoiler: the crew were infected with to force him to surrender.]]²* NERV goes into [=lockdown=] in ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion End of Evangelion]]''. It...doesn't work.²** Even in ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' , where the UN and NERV bases get extra funding, Angels still blast through blast doors like a torch to wax paper. Anything built by the hand of man slows Angels down at best.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Audio Plays]]²* In the ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' audio play ''[[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho195Mistfall Mistfall]]'', the New Alzarian exploration goes into lockdown when [[TitleDrop mistfall]] starts to occur.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Film]]²%%* ''Film/{{Quarantine}}'' (2008).²%%* ''Film/TheAndromedaStrain'' (without human input).²%%* First ''Film/ResidentEvil'' film (without human input).²* ''Film/ANewHope'':²** "Close the blast doors!"²** "Open the blast doors, open the blast doors!"²* ''Film/WarGames''²* In ''Film/{{United 93}}'', the RealLife September 11 lockdown of ''all'' planes in American airspace is shown in great detail. Once American Airlines Flight 77 hits the Pentagon, FAA National Operations Manager Ben Sliney orders that every plane has to land as quickly as possible, no exceptions. Since it was unknown where the terrorists would strike next, over 4,200 planes were grounded for two days.²-->'''Sliney''': Listen, I'm not taking any more chances. We've got stuff flying that we've got no control over. And I don't want a board full of these planes hitting everything on the east coast. This is a national emergency, everyone lands regardless of destination.²* During the film ''Film/MenInBlackII'', the [=MIB=] [=HQ=] goes into Code 101 [=Lockdown=].²* ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' when Wolverine is escaping the Weapon X facility.²* ''Film/TotalRecall1990''. Happens twice. Once when Quaid arrives on Mars and later when Cohaagen locks down a sector which has disobeyed him:²-->'''Technician:''' Sir, the oxygen level is bottoming out in Sector G. What do you want me to do about it?²-->'''Vilos Cohaagen:''' [as if obvious] Don't do anything.²-->'''Technician:''' But they won't last an hour, sir.²-->'''Vilos Cohaagen:''' Fuck 'em. It'll be a good lesson to the others.²* ''Warning Sign'' (1985) has a full quarantine [=lockdown=] in the Biotek facility. And apparently their employees are idiots, because they stare at the closing shutters and alarms in confusion, and then complain to the security guard that they are frightened of being ''locked in''.²* Averted in ''Film/TheBourneSupremacy''. Bourne has just escaped from CIA custody.²-->'''Landry:''' Have you locked down the area?²-->'''CIA Mook:''' This is Italy; they don't do lockdown.²* Shown in the opening sequence of ''Film/ColossusTheForbinProject'' when the MasterComputer goes on-line, the idea being that no saboteur or commando unit can get inside. Of course, this causes a problem when the computer decides to TakeOverTheWorld.²* ''Film/ExMachina''. The isolated underground lavatory/house automatically locks all the doors whenever the power gets shut off, to prevent someone getting past the security by knocking out the generator. This becomes plot-relevant.²* The megastructures in ''Film/{{Dredd}}'' can be sealed off entirely by blast doors in case of nuclear war. This sets off the plot, in which Judges Dredd and Anderson are cut off inside Peachtrees and hunted down by the BigBad's drug gang, to prevent them leaving with an important prisoner.²* ''Film/DenOfThieves'': The Fed goes into lockdown in the event of a brownout, with all power being diverted to keep the security systems functioning. Merriman and his crew use this to their advantage in planning TheHeist; deliberately triggering a brownout to initiate a lockdown.²* ''Film/ThePurge'': Ethan Hawke's character works for a company that sells advanced security systems that will essentially put homes on lockdown during the 12 hours of crime. However, it becomes apparent through the course of the film that while the system is strong enough to cause opportunistic criminals to seek easier prey, it won't stop a determined group from breaking in.²* Film/Alien40thAnniversaryShorts. In "Specimen", the female protagonist is wearing headphones so doesn't hear the RedAlert until it's too late, leading to her being TrappedInContainment. She tells her colleague to unlock the door, but the quickest way to do this is to reboot the system by [[CutTheJuice cutting the power]], which also [[DarknessEqualsDeath kills the lights]]. Turns out she's not dealing with some alien molecule, but a Xenomorph facehugger.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Literature]]²* Done in the Literature/AgentPendergast novel ''Literature/TheRelic'', with disastrous results.²* ''Literature/BlindLake'' begins with the entirety of the [=titular=] town being put under [=lockdown=] for an unknown reason.²* Happens for months to the city of Oran in ''Literature/ThePlague'', due to bubonic plague. The novel explores the psychological effects on the people within, who become pretty much depressed and gloomy.²* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': During the bombing of [[spoiler: District 13]] in ''Mockingjay''.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Live-Action TV]]²* ''Series/BarneyMiller'' episode "Quarantine" is both this trope and UnintentionalPeriodPiece. The detectives and criminal suspects in the 12th precinct are confined there after one suspect is believed to have contracted smallpox.²* The Lone Gunmen used automatic fire doors in the improvised [=lockdown=] of a pathogen-contaminated corridor when they made their HeroicSacrifice at the end of ''Series/TheXFiles''.²* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' had a quarantine. And an IndyHatRoll²* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' had a [=lockdown=] in Level 5 to keep the bad dudes from getting out.²* The [=lockdown=] in the hatch in ''Series/{{Lost}}'' seems to shield the residents with blast shield. The previous Dharma Initiative resident used these shields as maps before the arrival of the protagonists.²* ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]''. CTU is locked down during the first season.²** CTU is locked down constantly, but it never seems to do any good actually stopping people from breaking in or out!²* ''Series/StargateSG1'' has a [=lockdown=] protocol, including StockFootage of the NORAD blast doors closing (see Real Life).²* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'': "Blood Brothers" had a secure medical experiment lab that could be sealed and sterilized with microwaves.²* ''Series/{{Spooks}}'' has done this twice. First with the VX episode "I Spy Apocalypse", and then with the episode with the crazy former spy, and the Princess Di conspiracy theory story.²* In ''Series/{{Bones}}'', the boys were sawing a bone that had some fungus in it, resulting in the team being locked down for Christmas in the Jeffersonian lab. It's first time we see Angela's father.²* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' had one that activated by reading poetry and could be removed by reading the ISBN number of said poetry anthology. (ItMakesSenseInContext)²* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' does this a few times. Notable because they also ''fail'' to do it a few times - when locking down the ship would have caused the episode to be very short.²* Happens in ''Series/{{Oz}}'' (and every other prison drama) when someone gets murdered or the prisoners riot.²* Parodied in a VerySpecialEpisode of ''Series/OneTreeHill'' where Jimmy Edwards shoots up the school. He doesn't understand how Keith is able to enter the school because...²-->Jimmy: '''The school's on [=lockdown=]!!!'''²* Happens a few times on ''{{Series/Eureka}}'' with Global Dynamics.²* Purdey gets trapped inside a high-tech building that goes into [=lockdown=] in ''[[Series/TheAvengers The New Avengers]]'' episode "Complex".²* Happens in a few episodes ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' when Earl is in prison for a crime that Joy committed.²* Happened in the ''Series/{{House}}'' season 6 episode "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin [=Lockdown=]]]" when a baby went missing.²* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' episodes "The Inside Job" and "The Hot Potato Job", the gang trigger a [=lockdown=] deliberately inside a high-security company to distract the security surveillance from themselves.²* ''Series/{{Community}}'''s "Cooperative Calligraphy" Jeff calls one for the study room when Annie's pen goes missing.²* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS09E02DevilMayCare "Devil May Care" (S09, Ep02)]], Kevin is locked in the bunker unable to contact anyone or open the door after the sensors detected the falling angels.²* ''Series/{{Angel}}''. The Wolfram & Hart skyscraper does this as a GodzillaThreshold response to the Beast killing everyone in the building. Steel shutters close over all windows, doors and [[AirVentEscape air vents]] in the skyscraper, and every corpse reincarnates as a bloodthirsty zombie. Of course, as the Beast has NighInvulnerability the only people bothered by this [[TrappedInContainment are our heroes]].²* ''Series/DoctorWho''. In "Planet of Evil", numerous doors seal off various parts of the spaceship from the anti-matter monsters, who just [[IntangibleMan walk right through them]].²* Happens a few times on ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' and its spinoffs whenever ClassifiedInformation is about to be discussed. Each building has at least one area that can be turned into a SCIF (Sensitive Compartmentalized Information Facility). Such areas include Director Vance's office in Washington and the Operations Center in Los Angeles. And, of course, MTAC (Multiple Threat Alert Center).²** Also happens in "SWAK" when Tony opens an envelope that releases white powder in the office, which turns out to be ''Yersinia pestis'' bacteria (pneumonic plague).²* ''Series/{{Scorpion}}'': In "Plutonium is Forever", a lockdown traps Cabe inside a nuclear power plant when the reactor goes into meltdown.²* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. In "If-Then-Else", Team Machine must infiltrate a server room on Wall Street to stop a financial crash. They realise they've been LuredIntoATrap when Samaritan agents are seen entering the floor, whereupon a security lockdown protocol (designed to protect against a terrorist attack) is activated to trap them inside.²* In ''Series/{{Cordon}}'', a deadly new disease comes to Belgium and a whole city district is closed and locked down in an attempt to isolate the contagion. Remade for the USA with the action transferred to Atlanta, Georgia, as ''Series/{{Containment}}''.²* ''Series/BlakesSeven''²** In "Killer", a derelict spacecraft is put into lockdown, but the corpse of the pilot revives and attacks the doctor doing the autopsy, causing the others to break quarantine in their attempt to rescue him. They later realise this was planned as the corpse has cybernetic components and a SyntheticPlague sent by an alien race to infect humanity.²** In "Headhunter", [[MasterComputer Orac]] refuses to let Scorpio land or teleport to prevent the MonsterOfTheWeek from escaping. It responds by shutting down life support, so Avon overrides Orac's objects to rescue the crew, with inevitable consequences.²* In ''Series/{{The Good Doctor}}'', the emergency room, containing several important characters, is put under quarantine due to the outbreak of an airborne disease in the episode of the same name.²* ''Series/TheFortyFourHundred'': In "Lockdown", Tom places the Seattle NTAC offices under lockdown after all of the men in the building (including him) are infected with a HatePlague generated by T.J. Kim.²* Subverted in ''Series/{{Chernobyl}}''. The local emergency committee has the city put into lockdown to prevent the spread of 'misinformation', not to protect the people from radiation which is already being carried beyond the city limits. As a result Pripyat is not evacuated until 36 hours after the disaster, and the upper echelons of the Soviet government (not to mention anyone downwind of the Chernobyl plant) are unaware of the true scale of the disaster and the need to take immediate anti-radiation precautions.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Pinball]]²* Occurs in ''Pinball/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines'' during "Blitz", complete with an animation of blast doors closing.²²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Tabletop Games]]²* CityOfTheGods, a part of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' Blackmoor series, locks down the corridors if the [=PCs=] set off the alarm and appear to either be escaping or have remained in full alert for too long.²²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Video Games]]²* The vaults in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' were all sealed when the GreatOffscreenWar broke out.²* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' has two more examples in the backstory: ²** After their defeat at Helios One and Elder Elijah's desertion, the Mojave chapter of the Brotherhood of Steel put themselves under [=lockdown=], also preventing any members left outside from returning.²** In ''Dead Money'''s backstory, the nuclear war triggered the Sierra Madre Casino's lockdown systems, [[TrappedInContainment trapping the Gala Event guests inside]]. At the end of the DLC, reading Sinclair's message on the vault's terminal causes the vault to permanently seal, resulting in a NonStandardGameOver. The Courier can also lure Elijah into this trap.²* In ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'', the titular prison of Prison Island is locked down when Tails gets there. Also, the facility that Dr. Eggman breaks into to retrieve the secret weapon goes into [=lockdown=]. This time, you see a number of doors closing and hear a voice telling people to close them. (In both cases, the doors that don't succumb to you blowing off the locks open anyway just because you destroyed some G.U.N. robots.)²* ''VideoGame/MitadakeHigh'' begins with you in a locked-down school with the killer.²* ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor'' takes place in the "Tokyo [=Lockdown=]", things get complicated and bad very quickly.²* Periodically in ''Franchise/DeadSpace'', the room Isaac is in goes into "quarantine" [=lockdown=]. The lockdown ends when he successfully defeats the Necromorphs that find their way in.²* ''VideoGame/PrisonArchitect'' allows the player to do this with a button that sets all doors in the prison to the "Locked in closed" position, so as to limit the potential damage an ensuing PrisonRiot is causing.²* A few times in the original ''VideoGame/DeusEx'', usually at UNATCO HQ. As early as the very first mission, where "base is under [=lockdown=] until the danger's gone, Agent Denton", and later when [[spoiler: JC is captured by MJ12 and has to escape out of UNATCO. Getting the key for the front door from Alex Jacobsen is the only way out.]]²* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'', each of the ThievesGuild OpenSecret "Guild Halls" is putting a plan in place to defend against attack by the rival [[TheSyndicate Camonna Tong]]. The Balmora Guild Hall tasks you with finding a "Master of Security" to rig the [[LegitimateBusinessmensSocialClub South Wall Cornerclub]] to be able to "lock down" in this fashion should the Tong attack.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Web Comics]]²* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' Moperville South school has a "standard [=lockdown=] procedure". This means suddenly every door is locked ([[ even ones without locks]]) and corridors are cut into sectors with SomeKindOfForceField. How can this happen? Because one of the teachers is a wizard.²* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' has the methods of [[ "[=lockdown=]"]] fitting for things like motile weaponized {{nanomachines}} (enacted through the next four pages).²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Web Original]]²* [[ "Mix Up at the Snack Factory".]]²-->"Mr. Cheezo, the workers aren't gonna make it out alive."²-->"Well, I guess we'll have to hire new workers, won't we?"²* Happens in episode 5 of [[Website/TheOnion Sex House]] when the contestants attempt to rise up against the host, although how much it was actually ''needed'' is debatable, considering the [[SealedRoomInTheMiddleOfNowhere house is locked down]] all the time anyway.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Western Animation]]²* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'': In "Terrors", Amanda Waller locks down Belle Reve in an attempt to stop the mass breakout.²* The second ''Creator/{{Toonami}}'' AlternateRealityGame, titled ''[=Lockdown=]'', centers around the Absolution being trapped in a DerelictGraveyard, unable to move until [=TOM=] repairs the engines and the [=DOKs=] shut down the TractorBeam that's holding them there.²* In the ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' episode "Total Rickall" the Smith household gets put into lockdown by Rick to prevent alien parasites from escaping.²* Done when a particularly dangerous [[MonsterOfTheWeek EVO]] escapes containment in the ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'' episode "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin [=Lockdown=]]]".²* ''WesternAnimation/ThunderbirdsAreGo'': In "Chain Reaction", a young GDF officer gets trapped inside a lift shaft in Shackleton, a haunted nuclear power station that was abandoned after a meltdown. Scott takes Thunderbird 1 in to assist, along with help from GDF Lieutenant and nuclear expert Marion Van-Arkel. They soon discover that Fuse is trying to steal uranium but when he puts himself in mortal danger, Scott has no choice but to rescue him. Fuse escapes just in time but the power plant goes into lock down, trapping Scott and the GDF officers inside along with the Shackleton Beast!²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Real Life]]²* In the U.S., due to the rash of school shootings most schools have a [=lockdown=] procedure that goes into effect if there's any report of a violent criminal or crime in (or even near) the school. All teachers are told to lock their doors until they get the all clear.²* On September 11, 2001, there were 4,200 planes in the air. Who knew which ones had terrorists waiting to strike? Obviously, cue Operation Yellow Ribbon and shut down airspace for two days.²* US government buildings usually have [=Lockdown=] procedures as well, in case of workplace violence or terrorism.²* NORAD in Cheyenne Mountain has a [=lockdown=] procedure to isolate itself from the world, including sealing a huge blast door.²* Zoos have [=Lockdown=] protocols to isolate dangerous and volatile animals from contact with humans or one another, either during routine transfers between exhibits or in the event of an escape.²[[/folder]]²----


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