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Basic Trope: Bailing someone out of jail will clear things up.

  • Straight: Alice is arrested for pulling the tag off her mattress. Bob comes down to Troperville County Jail, forks over $100,000, and the incident is never mentioned again.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Alice has actually been sent to Prison, not jail, and if not for Bob, would spend the next 20 years there.
    • Alice receives a "Get out of Jail Free" Card when Bob posts her bail.
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    • Alice is arrested for treason. The police have an Orgy of Evidence, and a signed confession. Bob posts a nominal bail and she is absolved of all wrongdoing.
  • Downplayed:
  • Justified:
    • Alice's crime was just that petty.
    • The prison system is heavily corrupt, to the point that "bail" is generally known and accepted legalized bribery.
  • Inverted: Bob pays the jail to keep Alice there.
  • Subverted:
    • Alice is released from jail, but expected to appear in court several episodes later.
    • Alice is being held without bail.
    • The amount the judge sets as bail is way more money than Bob has.
    • Alice and Bob are playing Monopoly
    • After she misses her court appearance, a Bounty Hunter is sent to arrest Alice.
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    • It turns out the crime was only punishable by a fine.
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied:
    • All that's needed is a box of donuts for the arresting officer.
    • Alice is released, and gets into the tiny car of the Uncle Pennybags, waving her "Get Out of Jail Free Card" in the air.
  • Zig Zagged: It depends on what the crime is: for petty crimes, the bail can be treated as a fine. For more serious crimes, all it does is let the person out temporarily...if it's even allowed at all.
  • Averted:
    • Alice is not facing any criminal charges.
    • Alice is being held without bail.
    • Bail doesn't happen in this setting.
    • Alice still has to face trial.
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  • Enforced: Small Reference Pools, Artistic License – Law
  • Lampshaded:
    Bob: "Shouldn't you have shown up for trial by now?"
    Alice: "Ssshhh!"
  • Invoked: Alice is being held in jail, and is told about her bail and that she has One Phone Call.
  • Exploited: Alice uses her One Phone Call to get Bob to pay her way out.
  • Defied:
    • The legal system still considers Alice to be in debt to society, and she's still expected to appear in court and accept whatever sentence the judge passes down.
    • The legal system in this setting does not allow bail for any offense, no matter how minor.
    • Bob either cannot or will not pay for Alice's freedom.
  • Discussed: ", if I go to jail, and you pay them money, I get off scot-free?"
  • Conversed: "Not quite. I think someone confused "bail" with "fine."

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