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3rd Jan '18 4:04:45 PM JMQwilleran
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* In ''VideoGame/EternalSonata'', there's a Magic Researcher on the second fall of Baroque Castle. If the player visits him after completing the Lament Mirror sequence (available only in the UsefulNotes/PlayStation3 UpdatedRerelease of the game), he will ask if the party has come to laugh at them and orders them "GetOut!" Polka and Frederic, however, note that he's studying magic, and quickly explain that they're both magic users, delighting him as he rarely gets to meet live magic users, and he reveals a lot of interesting information.

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* In ''VideoGame/EternalSonata'', there's a Magic Researcher on the second fall floor of Baroque Castle. If the player visits him after completing the Lament Mirror sequence (available only in the UsefulNotes/PlayStation3 UpdatedRerelease of the game), he will ask if the party has come to laugh at them and orders them "GetOut!" Polka and Frederic, however, note that he's studying magic, and quickly explain that they're both magic users, delighting him as he rarely gets to meet live magic users, and he reveals a lot of interesting information.
15th Dec '17 6:28:32 AM Shadowgazer
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A character is exhibited for ridicule -- while still alive. Special garments, signs with the proclamation of the offense, or even [[ShamefulStrip nudity]] may be enforced. [[MadeASlave Menial labor may be required]]. [[ProducePelting Rotten fruit may be thrown]], but the character usually finds the staring humiliation enough (without a HumiliationConga to make it worse). Perhaps even a FateWorseThanDeath. {{Pride}} makes it worse, but no one really enjoys it.

In RealLife, [[StockPunishment the pillory and the stocks]] were designed for this, but cages, chains, and even just guards may be used to keep the prisoner in place, or on the route of his enforced procession. It was particularly common in colonial societies, who often couldn't afford the loss of human-power that would come with an extended imprisonment or execution. Though a PublicExecution may have this as an added blow to the death.

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A character is exhibited for ridicule -- while still alive. Special garments, signs with the proclamation of the offense, or even [[ShamefulStrip nudity]] may be enforced. [[MadeASlave Menial labor may be required]]. [[ProducePelting Rotten fruit may be thrown]], but the character usually finds the staring humiliation enough (without a HumiliationConga to make it worse). Perhaps even a FateWorseThanDeath. FateWorseThanDeath which is why it often makes for prime MoralEventHorizon material. {{Pride}} makes it worse, but no one really enjoys it.

it. Most of the time characters that are meant to be sympathetic are on the receiving end of this but it can occasionally be justified as a dark way to PayEvilUntoEvil.

In RealLife, [[StockPunishment the pillory and the stocks]] were designed for this, but cages, chains, and even just guards may be used to keep the prisoner in place, or on the route of his enforced procession. It was particularly common in colonial societies, who often couldn't afford the loss of human-power that would come with an extended imprisonment or execution. Though a PublicExecution may have this as an added blow to the death.
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* ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights'':

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* ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights'':''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights'' That's part of Prince John's punishment for all the abusing of power that he did:



* When Quasimodo is chosen as King of Fools in ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'', at first the people celebrate him, but then a guard throws a tomato and the rest of the crowd turns against him. Frollo, angry that Quasi disobeyed him by leaving the cathedral, lets this go on until Esmeralda saves him.

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* When Quasimodo is chosen as King of Fools in ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'', at first the people celebrate him, but then a guard throws a tomato and the rest of the crowd turns against him.him ForTheEvulz. Frollo, angry that Quasi disobeyed him by leaving the cathedral, lets this go on until Esmeralda saves him.



* Quasimodo in the stocks in ''Literature/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame''.

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* Quasimodo in the stocks in ''Literature/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame''. It was a typical sentence for attempting to kidnap the gypsy Esmeralda though the real mastermind was Archdeacon Frollo.



** At the end of [[Theatre/{{Macbeth}} the Scottish play]] Macduff threatens Macbeth with public humiliation if he won't fight. Macbeth's pride won't allow him to submit, so he has no choice but to fight even though [[YouCantFightFate it's been prophesied that it will mean his death]].

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** At the end of [[Theatre/{{Macbeth}} the Scottish play]] Macduff threatens Macbeth with public humiliation if he won't fight.fight for killing his wife and son. Macbeth's pride won't allow him to submit, so he has no choice but to fight even though [[YouCantFightFate it's been prophesied that it will mean his death]].
15th Dec '17 5:42:32 AM Shadowgazer
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* In Creator/JRRTolkien's ''[[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Return of the King]]'', when the main characters meet him on the road, Saruman accuses Galadriel of having deliberately brought them "to gloat over my poverty."

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* In Creator/JRRTolkien's ''[[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Return of the King]]'', when the main characters meet him on the road, Saruman accuses Galadriel of having deliberately brought them "to gloat over my poverty."" This a clear case of NeverMyFault, Saruman has committed countless atrocities and tried to enslave Rohan and his downfall and poverty was brought on first by his victims fighting back and defeating him (with the unforeseen inclusion of the Eds) and secondly by his prideful denial of accepting amnesty and his guilt in exchange for helping the winners against Sauron. All this does nothing to change his attitude about seeing himself as the victim through it all.
10th Dec '17 2:01:46 PM lakingsif
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* The signal in the ''Series/BlackMirror'' episode ''White Bear'' has transformed 9/10 people into "Observers" who do nothing but watch our lead female get tormented throughout the episode. [[spoiler: In a plot twist, the trope is played completely straight when it turns out the whole thing is an elaborate punishment for the lead and the audience is voluntarily there as a form of IronicHell.]]

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* The signal in the ''Series/BlackMirror'' episode ''White Bear'' ''[[Recap/BlackMirrorWhiteBear White Bear]]'' has transformed 9/10 people into "Observers" who do nothing but watch our lead female get tormented throughout the episode. [[spoiler: In a plot twist, the trope is played completely straight when it turns out the whole thing is an elaborate punishment for the lead and the audience is voluntarily there as a form of IronicHell.]]
7th Nov '17 7:37:00 PM PaulA
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* In ''[[Creator/ChuckPalahniuk Choke]]'', the main character and his buddy work in a Colonial Williamsburg-esque town which punishes loafing employees by making them sit in the stocks all day.

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* In ''[[Creator/ChuckPalahniuk Choke]]'', ''Literature/{{Choke}}'' by Creator/ChuckPalahniuk, the main character and his buddy work in a Colonial Williamsburg-esque town which punishes loafing employees by making them sit in the stocks all day.
9th Oct '17 12:23:07 AM WillBGood
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* Music/DeadKennedys have the song ''Jock-O-Rama'', from Music/{{Frankenchrist}} where high school sport funding and their spectators are compared to gladiator era massacre gawking: ''On the almighty football field/ Beerbellies of all ages/Come to watch the gladiators bleed''.

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* Music/DeadKennedys have the song ''Jock-O-Rama'', "Jock-O-Rama" from Music/{{Frankenchrist}} ''Music/{{Frankenchrist}}'' where high school sport funding and their spectators are compared to gladiator era massacre gawking: ''On the almighty football field/ Beerbellies of all ages/Come to watch the gladiators bleed''.
9th Oct '17 12:22:19 AM WillBGood
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* Part of Creator/Muse's "Music/KnightsOfCydonia" video includes the hero being placed in stocks and having feces hurled at him.

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* Part of Creator/Muse's Music/{{Muse}}'s "Music/KnightsOfCydonia" video includes the hero being placed in stocks and having feces hurled at him.
9th Oct '17 12:21:58 AM WillBGood
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* Part of the "Music/KnightsOfCydonia" video includes the hero being placed in stocks and having feces hurled at him.

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* Part of the Creator/Muse's "Music/KnightsOfCydonia" video includes the hero being placed in stocks and having feces hurled at him.
30th Aug '17 9:40:22 AM rjd1922
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-->'''[=GLaDOS=]:''' [[AC: [[HaveYouComeToGloat Come to gloat]]? Go on. Get a goooood, looooong look. Go on! [[YouAreFat Get a big fat eyeful! With your big fat eyes!]] That's right. [[spoiler: A potato]] just called your eyes fat. Now your fat eyes have seen everything.]]

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-->'''[=GLaDOS=]:''' [[AC: [[HaveYouComeToGloat Come to gloat]]? Go on. Get a goooood, looooong look. Go on! [[YouAreFat Get a big fat eyeful! With your big fat eyes!]] That's right. [[spoiler: [[ARareSentence A potato]] potato]]]] [[ARareSentence just called your eyes fat.fat]]. Now your fat eyes have seen everything.]]
11th May '17 10:20:21 AM jamespolk
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* ''Film/{{Bedlam}}'': Sims, the master of the infamous [[BedlamHouse Bedlam]] insane asylum, lets visitors pay to gawk at the inmates of the asylum. This actually happened in RealLife.
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