History Main / ElectricTorture

13th Nov '17 3:16:01 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* In the Serbian film ''Film/{{Underground}}'', Nazis take Blacky to an abandoned clinical asylum and use the electroshock treatment equipment to torture him about partisan activity. Unfortunately for them, Blacky is an electrician by trade and has become utterly impervious to electric shocks. After maxing out the juice to no effect, a Nazi finally touches an electrode to see if it's working and blows himself across the room. The movie is a surreal BlackComedy.

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* In the Serbian film ''Film/{{Underground}}'', Nazis take Blacky to an abandoned clinical asylum and use the electroshock treatment equipment to torture him about partisan activity. Unfortunately for them, Blacky is an electrician by trade and has become [[WorkplaceAcquiredAbilities utterly impervious to electric shocks.shocks]]. After maxing out the juice to no effect, a Nazi finally touches an electrode to see if it's working and blows himself across the room. The movie is a surreal BlackComedy.
11th Nov '17 6:59:06 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* Nurse Ratched uses electroshock therapy to this effect in ''Literature/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'', as a means to cow patients on her ward into submission. Mind you, as in RealLife, the patients receive anesthesia beforehand (although Chief Bromden and Randle [=McMurphy=] both refuse to take the "knockout pills"). Nonetheless, Bromden describes the procedure as something you definitely don't want done to you, because anyone who receives it is NotHimself afterward. As a side note, the author Ken Kesey actually underwent electroshock therapy as research for the novel, and he'd previously worked as a night orderly in a psychiatric hospital, so ''Cuckoo's Nest'' [[ShownTheirWork shows his work]] about what psychiatry was like at the time he wrote it. SocietyMarchesOn, though -- nowadays in democratic countries, electroshock therapy ([[StealthPun current]]ly called electro''convulsive'' therapy, or ECT) is mainly practiced as a last resort, usually under anesthesia and with informed consent. Moreover, even at the time when the book was written, the treatment wasn't always cruel. Certainly, some patients were involuntarily subjected to it to control them, but as with today, others underwent it willingly because they just wanted to get better. And as the novel acknowledges, doctors were starting to use anesthesia during electroshock sessions even back then.

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* Nurse Ratched uses electroshock therapy to this effect in ''Literature/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'', as a means to cow patients on her ward into submission. Mind you, as in RealLife, the patients receive anesthesia beforehand (although Chief Bromden and Randle [=McMurphy=] both refuse to take the "knockout pills"). Nonetheless, Bromden describes the procedure as something you definitely don't want done to you, because anyone who receives it is NotHimself afterward. As a side note, the author Ken Kesey actually underwent electroshock therapy as research for the novel, and he'd previously worked as a night orderly in a psychiatric hospital, so ''Cuckoo's Nest'' [[ShownTheirWork shows his work]] about what psychiatry was like at the time he wrote it. SocietyMarchesOn, though -- nowadays in democratic countries, electroshock therapy ([[StealthPun current]]ly called electro''convulsive'' therapy, or ECT) is mainly practiced as a last resort, usually under anesthesia and with informed consent. Moreover, even at the time when the book was written, the treatment wasn't always cruel. Certainly, some patients were involuntarily subjected to it to control them, them (which is of course how Nurse Ratched applies it, being Nurse Ratched and all), but as with today, others underwent it willingly because they just wanted to get better. And as the novel acknowledges, doctors were starting to use anesthesia during electroshock sessions even back then.
9th Nov '17 7:13:03 PM ultimomant
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* In an episode of ''Series/TheFlash2014'', Barry Allen is transported ten years into the future where his brother's killer Nicolas Pike runs Central City. He uses an electric chair in the old STAR Labs to give whoever opposes him an electric lobotomy. However, when Nicolas has Barry strapped up to the chair and given a full measure of the chair's powers, it briefly restores Barry's superspeed, allowing him to escape.

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* In an episode of ''Series/TheFlash2014'', ''Series/TheFlash1990'', Barry Allen is transported ten years into the future where his brother's killer Nicolas Pike runs Central City. He uses an electric chair in the old STAR Labs to give whoever opposes him an electric lobotomy. However, when Nicolas has Barry strapped up to the chair and given a full measure of the chair's powers, it briefly restores Barry's superspeed, allowing him to escape.
7th Nov '17 6:32:15 AM SpiffyDuck
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** The ''picana'', described in the ''Burn Notice'' example above, was an electric cattle prod that Argentine torturers used on their victims during the Dirty War (1976-1983). Oftentimes, people were raped with the picana.

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** The ''picana'', described in the ''Burn Notice'' example above, was an electric cattle prod that Argentine torturers used on their victims during the Dirty War Military Dictatorship ("Dirty War") (1976-1983). Oftentimes, people were raped with the picana.
3rd Nov '17 3:07:45 PM patxiao
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* Yu-Gi-Oh may have an disturbing interest in this as Yuya, the protagonist of ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'' also suffers from this. [[spoiler:Roger puts a chip in Yuya's helmet that sends electrical shocks to his head as he duels in an attempt to bring out his vicious side. To point this into context, Yuya is only 14 years old.]]
27th Sep '17 7:36:14 PM N1KF
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* ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'': A [[DealWithTheDevil Mephisto-like]] character introduces Kaiser to a method of playing Duel Monsters that involves ElectricTorture, which Kaiser inflicts on his own brother post his FreakOut. Later, it's revealed that he's used this method so much, it's screwed with his heart and substantially shortened his lifespan.

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* ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'': A [[DealWithTheDevil Mephisto-like]] character introduces Kaiser to a method of playing Duel Monsters that involves ElectricTorture, Electric Torture, which Kaiser inflicts on his own brother post his FreakOut. Later, it's revealed that he's used this method so much, it's screwed with his heart and substantially shortened his lifespan.



* Ayeka subjects Ryoko to some form of ElectricTorture in the second episode of the ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' OVA after she is captured while being hung upside down, but it only tickles her and seems to have no effect. This changes when Ayeka jabs her with the hilt of Tenchi's sword and causes a much more painful electric reaction (although it can be assumed that it is much more than electricity doing the damage) due to Ryoko being unable to touch the sword.

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* Ayeka subjects Ryoko to some form of ElectricTorture Electric Torture in the second episode of the ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' OVA after she is captured while being hung upside down, but it only tickles her and seems to have no effect. This changes when Ayeka jabs her with the hilt of Tenchi's sword and causes a much more painful electric reaction (although it can be assumed that it is much more than electricity doing the damage) due to Ryoko being unable to touch the sword.



** Also, Nebari jailers give their prisoners restraint collars that can be used as torture devices: by pressing a button (usually attached to the interrogator's forehead) the collar inflicts crippling pain on it's wearer. There are two distinct types of collars: one, as seen in "Durka Returns" is a very basic ElectricTorture device with no obvious method. The other, seen in "A Clockwork Nebari", injects acid onto the skin and into the veins- making it potentially lethal. However, both make a loud and ''extremely'' annoying beeping when activated.

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** Also, Nebari jailers give their prisoners restraint collars that can be used as torture devices: by pressing a button (usually attached to the interrogator's forehead) the collar inflicts crippling pain on it's wearer. There are two distinct types of collars: one, as seen in "Durka Returns" is a very basic ElectricTorture Electric Torture device with no obvious method. The other, seen in "A Clockwork Nebari", injects acid onto the skin and into the veins- making it potentially lethal. However, both make a loud and ''extremely'' annoying beeping when activated.



* Double H in ''VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil'' is trapped in an ElectricTorture machine when you first meet him. Even the heroine Jade is visibly {{squick}}ed about his situation.

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* Double H in ''VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil'' is trapped in an ElectricTorture Electric Torture machine when you first meet him. Even the heroine Jade is visibly {{squick}}ed about his situation.



** You can also find this person's now-charred corpse strapped into a SteamPunk ElectricTorture device.

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** You can also find this person's now-charred corpse strapped into a SteamPunk ElectricTorture Electric Torture device.



* In ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'', this is done by very-evolved psychic Rose, of all people. One of her ultra-specials, Illusion Spark, traps the opponent's arm in her scarf. She then proceeds to shock said opponent, apparently stopping only when she feels like it. To be sure, this is a more benign version - at least in that it's a fight rather than a torture session and she intends to knock the opponent out, not to extract information from them. Still, this move basically gives us a mini-session of ElectricTorture mid-fight...

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* In ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'', this is done by very-evolved psychic Rose, of all people. One of her ultra-specials, Illusion Spark, traps the opponent's arm in her scarf. She then proceeds to shock said opponent, apparently stopping only when she feels like it. To be sure, this is a more benign version - at least in that it's a fight rather than a torture session and she intends to knock the opponent out, not to extract information from them. Still, this move basically gives us a mini-session of ElectricTorture Electric Torture mid-fight...



* The Bureau of [[StateSec State Security]] under [[UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra apartheid]] in South Africa also used this on political prisoners in detention. Some were killed or permanently disabled due to the amount of electricity.

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* The Bureau of [[StateSec State Security]] {{State Sec|urity}} under [[UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra apartheid]] in South Africa also used this on political prisoners in detention. Some were killed or permanently disabled due to the amount of electricity.


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27th Sep '17 8:40:54 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* Nurse Ratched uses electroshock therapy to this effect in ''Literature/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'', as a means to cow patients on her ward into submission. Mind you, as in RealLife, the patients receive anesthesia beforehand (although Chief Bromden and Randle [=McMurphy=] both refuse to take the "knockout pills"). Nonetheless, Bromden describes the procedure as something you definitely don't want done to you, because anyone who receives it is NotHimself afterward. As a side note, the author Ken Kesey actually underwent electroshock therapy as research for the novel, and he'd previously worked as a night orderly in a psychiatric hospital, so ''Cuckoo's Nest'' [[ShownTheirWork shows his work]] about what psychiatry was like at the time he wrote it. SocietyMarchesOn, though -- nowadays in democratic countries, electroshock therapy ([[StealthPun current]]ly called electro''convulsive'' therapy, or ECT) is mainly practiced as a last resort, usually under anesthesia and with informed consent. Moreover, even at the time when the book was written, the treatment wasn't always cruel. Certainly, some patients were involuntarily subjected to it to control them, but as with today, others underwent it willingly because they just wanted to get better.

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* Nurse Ratched uses electroshock therapy to this effect in ''Literature/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'', as a means to cow patients on her ward into submission. Mind you, as in RealLife, the patients receive anesthesia beforehand (although Chief Bromden and Randle [=McMurphy=] both refuse to take the "knockout pills"). Nonetheless, Bromden describes the procedure as something you definitely don't want done to you, because anyone who receives it is NotHimself afterward. As a side note, the author Ken Kesey actually underwent electroshock therapy as research for the novel, and he'd previously worked as a night orderly in a psychiatric hospital, so ''Cuckoo's Nest'' [[ShownTheirWork shows his work]] about what psychiatry was like at the time he wrote it. SocietyMarchesOn, though -- nowadays in democratic countries, electroshock therapy ([[StealthPun current]]ly called electro''convulsive'' therapy, or ECT) is mainly practiced as a last resort, usually under anesthesia and with informed consent. Moreover, even at the time when the book was written, the treatment wasn't always cruel. Certainly, some patients were involuntarily subjected to it to control them, but as with today, others underwent it willingly because they just wanted to get better. And as the novel acknowledges, doctors were starting to use anesthesia during electroshock sessions even back then.
27th Sep '17 8:37:52 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* Nurse Ratched uses electroshock therapy to this effect in ''Literature/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'', as a means to cow patients on her ward into submission. Mind you, as in RealLife, the patients receive anesthesia beforehand (although Chief Bromden and Randle [=McMurphy=] both refuse to take the "knockout pills"). Nonetheless, Bromden describes the procedure as something you definitely don't want done to you, because anyone who receives it is NotHimself afterward. As a side note, the author Ken Kesey actually underwent electroshock therapy as research for the novel, and he'd previously worked as a night orderly in a psychiatric hospital, so ''Cuckoo's Nest'' [[ShownTheirWork shows his work]] about what psychiatry was like at the time he wrote it. SocietyMarchesOn, though -- nowadays in democratic countries, electroshock therapy ([[{{Pun}} current]]ly called electro''convulsive'' therapy, or ECT) is mainly practiced as a last resort, usually under anesthesia and with informed consent.

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* Nurse Ratched uses electroshock therapy to this effect in ''Literature/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'', as a means to cow patients on her ward into submission. Mind you, as in RealLife, the patients receive anesthesia beforehand (although Chief Bromden and Randle [=McMurphy=] both refuse to take the "knockout pills"). Nonetheless, Bromden describes the procedure as something you definitely don't want done to you, because anyone who receives it is NotHimself afterward. As a side note, the author Ken Kesey actually underwent electroshock therapy as research for the novel, and he'd previously worked as a night orderly in a psychiatric hospital, so ''Cuckoo's Nest'' [[ShownTheirWork shows his work]] about what psychiatry was like at the time he wrote it. SocietyMarchesOn, though -- nowadays in democratic countries, electroshock therapy ([[{{Pun}} ([[StealthPun current]]ly called electro''convulsive'' therapy, or ECT) is mainly practiced as a last resort, usually under anesthesia and with informed consent.consent. Moreover, even at the time when the book was written, the treatment wasn't always cruel. Certainly, some patients were involuntarily subjected to it to control them, but as with today, others underwent it willingly because they just wanted to get better.
13th Sep '17 7:57:16 PM DaggerQuill
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* The Judge Rotenberg Center [[link: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judge_Rotenberg_Educational_Center]] is perhaps infamous for its use of electric shocks on the autistic people there as a form of aversive punishment. One former resident of the center describes how the staff would shock them for the smallest sign of movement, for screaming when shocked, or often for no reason at all. [[link: https://autistichoya.net/judge-rotenberg-center/#msumba]]
5th Sep '17 10:54:27 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* In ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'', this is one of the methods Trevor can use to torture Mr. K for information about a suspected terrorist.
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