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Basic Trope: A captive steals some form of eating utensil from his captors to aid his escape.

  • Straight: Bob takes a knife from dinner and uses it to pick the lock of his cell, then proceeds to fight his way out using the knife as a weapon.
  • Exaggerated: Bob takes a knife from dinner, uses it to break down the door of his cell, kill all the guards, set off the nuclear reactor that will destroy the villain's island hideout, steal a fighter jet, and escape his captivity.
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  • Downplayed: Bob takes a knife from dinner, but it's a tinny butter knife, which he uses to stab his jailer in the eye. The knife is no longer used for the rest of the escape.
  • Justified: Bob is invited to a fancy steak dinner by the villains and after dinner, he steals a steak knife from the cart that is taking the plates away, which is why it goes unnoticed.
  • Inverted: The villain uses the cutlery from a dinner with the president to take him hostage.
  • Subverted: Bob steals a knife from dinner, but he is searched on his way out and the knife is found and taken away.
  • Double Subverted: ...Which distracts them from the fork hidden in his sock.
  • Parodied:
    • Bob steals a knife from dinner, but instead of using it to escape, he only uses it to pick his teeth.
    • Bob steals a plastic spoon with which he digs an entire escape tunnel.
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  • Zig Zagged: Bob steals a knife which is taken away, but he saves the fork, which helps him get out of his cell, but then he's caught anyway, but before he's taken to the Big Bad he finds the knife that was taken away at the beginning and uses it to kill the big bad when he arrives.
  • Averted: Bob escapes without ever using or thinking about using dinner utensils. Or Bob doesn't escape. Either way, cutlery is not prominent.
  • Enforced: The writers want to make a show about realistic prison escape strategies and believe stealing cutlery is one of the best.
  • Lampshaded: "I knew we should have only given him a butter knife at dinner!"
  • Invoked: The jailer, who is sympathetic to Bob's cause, purposefully brings him a sharp knife with his dinner so Bob can use it to escape.
  • Exploited: The villain knows most heroes will try to use the cutlery to escape, so he makes all the cutlery out of a special material that causes the hero to die if they take it out of the room. This doubles as a Secret Test of Character from the villain's point of view, because if the hero was going to join them, they wouldn't steal the cutlery to escape.
  • Defied: Bob considers stealing a fork to escape, but determines that even if he manages to pick the lock, the fork is useless afterwards, so he decides to come up with a better plan.
    • Bob's captors specifically decide against giving him not only cutlery but more weaponizable fruits and vegetables.
  • Discussed: "Remember soldiers, if you ever get captured, always start by considering how your eating utensils can be used to your advantage."
  • Conversed: "Isn't it ridiculous how people pull of daring escapes in the movies with only a fork from their dinner?"
  • Implied: Bob escapes from prison off screen and when the other heroes ask how he did it, he simply holds up a rusty fork.
  • Deconstructed:
    • Bob tries to steal a fork to use in an escape, but when the villains find him with it, they take this as a sign of rebellion and torture him brutally before he even gets a chance to attempt an escape.Or he tries to escape and fails because he only has a fork, with the same consequences.

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