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14th Jul '17 3:53:49 PM MinisterOfSinister
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* Franchise/{{Batman}}'s Arkham Asylum. Whenever shown, it is a dark, dank, brick facility run by burly nurses and [[MadDoctor mad doctors]]. Probably because whoever's funding the place is more concerned with keeping the inmates ''in'' than making them ''sane''. [[CardboardPrison Not that that works, either]].
** Not ALL the villains put there are actually considered insane. Arkham is just the only place in the area that is able to hold some of the more super-powered villains (such as Mr. Freeze and Killer Croc). Conversely, the ones that are dubiously sane but manageable in a normal setting (such as Catwoman and the Penguin) get sent to a normal jail. (Not that Blackgate Penitentiary is any more secure or safe.)
** Ironically, the Joker has been stated to find the Asylum relaxing. Some depictions show him willingly get captured after a caper so he can get some needed R&R.
*** In ''ComicBook/TheSandman'', The Scarecrow notes that he views Arkham as his home and the only place he's really comfortable, and implies that most of the other rogues are the same.
** One issue tries to [[JustifiedTrope explain this]] by showing that it was secretly built by insane, nigh-[[Creator/HPLovecraft Lovecraftian]] settlers to cultivate homicidal madness instead of curing it.
*** Considering that the name is taken from Lovecraft's writings... Yeah.
** Pre-Crisis, it was established canon that Arkham's own founder himself went crazy and was bound into his own institution, [[DrivenToSuicide until he died]]. Don't worry, he kept himself occupied in the meantime by etching gibberish into his cell's walls with his fingernails while humming "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." The current canon of this, and the items immediately below, isn't especially clear.

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* Franchise/{{Batman}}'s Arkham Asylum. Whenever shown, it is a dark, dank, brick facility run by burly nurses and [[MadDoctor mad doctors]]. {{Mad Doctors}}. Probably because whoever's funding the place is more concerned with keeping the inmates ''in'' than making them ''sane''. ''sane''... [[CardboardPrison Not that that works, either]].
**
And they can't even do that, either]]. That said Not ALL the villains put there are actually considered insane. Arkham is just the only place in the area that is able to hold some of the more super-powered villains (such as Mr. Freeze and Killer Croc). Conversely, the ones that are dubiously sane but manageable in a normal setting (such as Catwoman and the Penguin) get sent to a normal jail. (Not that Even so, Blackgate Penitentiary is isn't any more secure or safe.)
safe.
** Ironically, the Joker has been stated to find the Asylum relaxing. Some depictions show him willingly get captured after a caper so he can get some needed R&R.
*** In
R&R. Likewise, in ''ComicBook/TheSandman'', The Scarecrow notes that he views Arkham as his home and the only place he's really comfortable, and implies that most of the other rogues are the same.
** One issue tries to [[JustifiedTrope explain this]] by showing that it was secretly built by insane, nigh-[[Creator/HPLovecraft Lovecraftian]] settlers to cultivate homicidal madness instead of curing it.
*** Considering that
it, which is rather appropriate considering the name is taken from Lovecraft's writings... Yeah.
**
writings. Pre-Crisis, it was established canon that Arkham's own founder himself went crazy and was bound into his own institution, [[DrivenToSuicide until he died]]. Don't worry, he kept himself occupied in the meantime by etching gibberish into his cell's walls with his fingernails while humming "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." The current canon of this, and the items immediately below, isn't especially clear.
25th Jun '17 10:58:56 AM nombretomado
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Bethlem Royal is still active, albeit having undergone multiple relocations, and is now, according to {{The Other Wiki}}, [[TheAtoner "at the forefront of humane psychiatric treatment."]]

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Bethlem Royal is still active, albeit having undergone multiple relocations, and is now, according to {{The Other Wiki}}, Wiki/TheOtherWiki, [[TheAtoner "at the forefront of humane psychiatric treatment."]]
20th Jun '17 5:01:47 AM Piterpicher
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* The song ''Twisted Mind'' by Music/{{Avantasia}}. Notable because it's one of the few songs to feature [[{{Kamelot}} Roy Khan]] as a guest vocalist.

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* The song ''Twisted Mind'' by Music/{{Avantasia}}. Notable because it's one of the few songs to feature [[{{Kamelot}} [[Music/{{Kamelot}} Roy Khan]] as a guest vocalist.
16th Jun '17 1:56:58 PM DaibhidC
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* Dunwich Sanatorium, in ''ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} Weapon X''. The place used to be run by a crooked doctor who hired psychopaths out for untraceable mob hits, and was then taken over by Dr Rot, a MadDoctor / MadArtist who makes Jeremiah Arkham look like Frasier Crane.
** Dunwich was ''also'' a Lovecraft town.

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* Dunwich Sanatorium, in ''ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} Weapon X''. The place used to be run by a crooked doctor who hired psychopaths out for untraceable mob hits, and was then taken over by Dr Rot, a MadDoctor / MadArtist who makes Jeremiah Arkham look like Frasier Crane.
** Dunwich
Crane. (Dunwich was ''also'' a Lovecraft town.)
* Marvel's eighth ''Comicbook/MoonKnight'' series opens with a CuckooNest plot in which Marc Spector is seemingly locked in Mercy Hospital for the Mentally Ill with sadistic guards gleefully giving him electroshock therapy, despite knowing perfectly well "hospitals like this don't even ''exist'' any more!"
11th Jun '17 4:04:27 PM Racheakt
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* In {{FanFic/Bird}} we have Alshemilla Asylumn, a shoutout to ''Franchise/SilentHill'', but its depiction is largely that of an institution trying to do its best and running into the ever-present issues of staffing and funding, therapy groups and psychologists are present and well-meaning, and most of the inmates are decent people in a bad situation. On the other hand... the lower levels are used as a prison for various superpowered nightmares and creations.

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* In {{FanFic/Bird}} we have Alshemilla Alchemilla Asylumn, a shoutout to ''Franchise/SilentHill'', but its depiction is largely that of an institution trying to do its best and running into the ever-present issues of staffing and funding, therapy groups and psychologists are present and well-meaning, and most of the inmates are decent people in a bad situation. On the other hand... the lower levels are used as a prison for various superpowered nightmares and creations.
11th Jun '17 2:45:56 PM nombretomado
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* Wanda/Scarlet Witch in ''XMenEvolution'' was abandoned at one of these by her father, Magneto when she was just a child. As a result, all she can think of after being broken out is getting revenge on him only to have her memories altered by the end.

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* Wanda/Scarlet Witch in ''XMenEvolution'' ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' was abandoned at one of these by her father, Magneto when she was just a child. As a result, all she can think of after being broken out is getting revenge on him only to have her memories altered by the end.
27th May '17 11:00:41 AM nombretomado
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* Subverted in TheMillenniumTrilogy- the children's psychiatric unit wasn't one of these as such... but Lisbeth Salander got special treatment. [[spoiler: It's implied that there was a conspiracy to turn her TroublingUnchildlikeBehaviour into serious mental disability, through psychological torture]]

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* Subverted in TheMillenniumTrilogy- ''Literature/TheMillenniumTrilogy'' - the children's psychiatric unit wasn't one of these as such... but Lisbeth Salander got special treatment. [[spoiler: It's implied that there was a conspiracy to turn her TroublingUnchildlikeBehaviour into serious mental disability, through psychological torture]]
21st May '17 10:42:52 AM nombretomado
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* Part of the Sarah Waters novel ''Literature/{{Fingersmith}}'' is set in a [[VictorianBritain Victorian]] women's insane asylum very much like this. The head doctor starts out making a honest attempt to cure his patients... until he actually succeeds with one young woman, and then quickly [[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate realises the breakthrough has merely gotten him one less paying customer]]. After that he leaves the inmates to the [[BattleaxeNurse sadistic nurses]].

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* Part of the Sarah Waters novel ''Literature/{{Fingersmith}}'' is set in a [[VictorianBritain [[UsefulNotes/VictorianBritain Victorian]] women's insane asylum very much like this. The head doctor starts out making a honest attempt to cure his patients... until he actually succeeds with one young woman, and then quickly [[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate realises the breakthrough has merely gotten him one less paying customer]]. After that he leaves the inmates to the [[BattleaxeNurse sadistic nurses]].
11th May '17 10:07:51 AM jamespolk
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* The Creator/BorisKarloff film ''[[Creator/ValLewton Bedlam]]'' was a fictionalized account of the atrocities that occurred at the infamous Bethlehem Royal Hospital for the mentally ill.

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* The Creator/BorisKarloff film ''[[Creator/ValLewton Bedlam]]'' ''Film/{{Bedlam}}'' was a fictionalized account of the atrocities that occurred at the infamous Bethlehem Royal Hospital for the mentally ill.
7th May '17 12:40:17 PM Xtifr
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* Accidentally being locked in one of these for a while leads to Mayor Poynt's PetTheDog moment in ''WelkinWeasels''.

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* Accidentally being locked in one of these for a while leads to Mayor Poynt's PetTheDog moment in ''WelkinWeasels''.''Literature/WelkinWeasels''.
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