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Evading a laser beam security system with improbable moves

This work is a proposed Trope, Tropers can vote and offer feedback in the comments section below.
Proposed By:
bobfrank on Jan 13th 2013 at 11:37:43 AM
Last Edited By:
bobfrank on Jan 14th 2013 at 1:24:52 PM
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The multimillionaire Bob keeps his most valuable treasures in a secure guarded by all the latest technology. But Alice, in true Classy Cat-Burglar style, intends to clean him out. She slips in through a convenient Air-Vent Passageway, uses her Playful Hacker skills to bypass the security keypad, and makes her way into the treasury itself. There, at the far end of the room, sitting on a pedestal, is her target: the famous Maltese MacGuffin.

But there's one little problem. Between here and there is an array of highly visible laser beams, and crossing one will set off the alarm system. What's a girl to do? (And for some reason it's almost always a very athletic girl who ends up in this situation.)

Why, the only thing she can do, of course: pull out her Laser Gymnastics skills! She launches into a highly improbable series of backflips, cartwheels, and similar moves, making her way from one side of the floor to the other without tripping a single laser beam.

Do We Have This? If the show or movie involves a female character who's a spy or a thief, it's almost certain that this will show up at some point.

Feedback: 5 replies

Jan 13th 2013 at 3:38:40 PM

  • In Oceans Twelve, the french master thief uses his Capoeira skills to overcome a hallway criss-crossed by laser beams in order to steal the fake Faberge Egg. Funnily enough, the beams don't even end in receivers, so it's unclear how they would register a human blocking them. Video link

Jan 13th 2013 at 3:51:38 PM

Jan 13th 2013 at 5:09:40 PM

I think this is Laser Hallway. Might be good to incorporate these examples/your description into it.

Jan 14th 2013 at 1:22:37 PM

In Leverage, Parker does this several times. It's shown in a flashback clip that she was trained in Laser Gymnastics as a little girl, by her mentor putting an ice cream sundae on the pedestal at the far end of the room and then, once she reached it, showing her that he was holding the only spoon around, making her make her way back to him with one hand occupied.

Jan 14th 2013 at 1:24:52 PM

@Hodor: Interesting, but it looks like Laser Hallway covers the trap/security system itself, whereas Laser Gymnastics is one way to get past it. (There are several ways, but this is one that's common enough to be its own trope.) It could be a sub-trope of Laser Hallway, though...