History Main / ElectricTorture

3rd Mar '17 6:29:49 PM karstovich2
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%% Let's keep these examples to the clear and undisputed incidents where someone was obviously using electricity to cause someone else pain. Anything else gets touchy.

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%% Let's keep these examples to the clear and undisputed incidents where someone was obviously using electricity to cause someone else pain.pain for the sake of causing pain or extracting information, which everyone can agree is torture. Anything else gets touchy.



* Used by Syria after the Yom Kippur War on [[BadassIsraeli captured Israelis]], though it hardly ever earned them any good intelligence.
* Doing this to the [[GroinAttack genitals]] is a favored technique of the torturers working in Middle Eastern SecretPolice forces in general, more as a punishment/warning for opposition to the regime than any actual attempt to get information. This is part of the reason for the [[UsefulNotes/TheArabSpring recent revolutions]] in the region.
** This is inherited from the French police and army, who used this generously on Muslims during the Algerian independence war. It was called "Gégène". The leader of the French far-right party is (in)famous for having used this with enthusiasm.

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* Used by Syria after the Yom Kippur War on [[BadassIsraeli captured Israelis]], though it hardly ever earned them any good intelligence.
* Doing this in general, especially to the [[GroinAttack genitals]] genitals]], is a favored technique of the torturers working in Middle Eastern SecretPolice forces in general, more as a punishment/warning for opposition to the regime than any actual attempt to get information. This is part of the reason for the [[UsefulNotes/TheArabSpring recent 2010-11 revolutions]] in the region.
** This Syria used shocks after the [[UsefulNotes/TheArabIsraeliConflict Yom Kippur War]] on [[BadassIsraeli captured Israelis]], though it hardly ever earned them any good intelligence.
** Egypt has used this technique to varying degrees since the time of UsefulNotes/GamalAbdelNasser. Nasser's security services were particularly fond of this method (portrayed chillingly in the 1975 film ''The Karnak Café'', produced under Sadat's less shock-happy regime), but the technique continued through the Mubarak years. Although there are no confirmed reports of it occurring under the present Sisi regime, popular consensus
is that "Homeland Security" (which is what they're calling the former State Security these days) is back to its dirty tricks.
* The Middle Eastern fondness for electrifying dissidents' nether regions is commonly thought to be
inherited from the French police and army, who used this generously on Muslims during the Algerian independence war.War of Independence (1954-62). It was called "Gégène". The leader of the French far-right party is (in)famous for having used this with enthusiasm.
3rd Mar '17 6:17:48 PM karstovich2
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* Used widely in South America during the 60s-80s.
** The ''parrilla'' was an infamous interrogation tool routinely used by the Chilean secret police during Pinochet's dictatorship (1973-1990). It was a metal frame prisoners were strapped onto naked, while the questioners applied electrodes to whatever body part they thought appropriate. The torturers usually considered the penis and vagina particularly appropriate (even developing a wet-steel-wool electrode for better electrical contact on female victims).
** 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.
** The "Cadeira do Dragão" (Dragon's Chair) was an electric chair used as a torture device and part of the plethora of torture devices used by the Brazilian military dictatorship in the 60s-70s.
* Used by Syria after the Yom Kippur War on [[BadassIsraeli captured Israelis]], though it hardly ever earned them any good intelligence.
* Doing this to the [[GroinAttack genitals]] is a favored technique of the torturers working in Middle Eastern SecretPolice forces in general, more as a punishment/warning for opposition to the regime than any actual attempt to get information. This is part of the reason for the [[UsefulNotes/TheArabSpring recent revolutions]] in the region.
** This is inherited from the French police and army, who used this generously on Muslims during the Algerian independence war. It was called "Gégène". The leader of the French far-right party is (in)famous for having used this with enthusiasm.
* 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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21st Feb '17 4:23:08 PM TheNicestGuy
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', The Monarch and his henchmen use Electric Torture on Dr. Venture's robot to try to learn Dr. Venture's location. It's pointless, since [[IntelligibleUnintelligible they can't understand him]] well enough to know if he's answering them, but that doesn't stop them.
-->'''Henchman 24:''' Do I connect the positive side first, or...\\
'''The Monarch:''' Who cares? He's not a Mitsubishi Galant.
1st Feb '17 3:08:38 PM Wyldchyld
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* Yusei is the undisputed king of this trope when regarding ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'': While in prison he's subjected to this twice (one of them [[FetishFuel stripped down to nothing but his boxers]]), three if you count the excruciating experience of being literally ''branded'' a criminal, and again when he gets his D-wheel back from security in the form of hundreds and hundreds of [[FetishFuel cattle prods]]. The Arcadia Movement might also have routinely done this to children in their attempts to raise a psychic army (it's how Misty's brother died, anyway).

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* Yusei is the undisputed king of this trope when regarding ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'': While in prison he's subjected to this twice (one of them [[FetishFuel stripped down to nothing but his boxers]]), boxers), three if you count the excruciating experience of being literally ''branded'' a criminal, and again when he gets his D-wheel back from security in the form of hundreds and hundreds of [[FetishFuel cattle prods]].prods. The Arcadia Movement might also have routinely done this to children in their attempts to raise a psychic army (it's how Misty's brother died, anyway).
21st Jan '17 5:40:59 AM Morgenthaler
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This trope appears to be weakening in recent years after the appearance of "[[TorturePorn torture horror]]" films such as the ''{{Hostel}}'' series breaking into the mainstream, though this genre began back in the 1970s with films like ''Mark of the Devil'' and ''Salo Or The 120 Days Of Sodom''.

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This trope appears to be weakening in recent years after the appearance of "[[TorturePorn torture horror]]" films such as the ''{{Hostel}}'' ''Film/{{Hostel}}'' series breaking into the mainstream, though this genre began back in the 1970s with films like ''Mark of the Devil'' and ''Salo Or The 120 Days Of Sodom''.
5th Jan '17 6:26:18 PM ActualScientist
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* Electro-Convulsive Therapy (ECT), also known as "shock therapy" or "electroshock therapy", is often portrayed this way in media thanks to the terrifying imagery involved (famously in ''OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'') and with the assumption that it is designed to torture people into behaving the way that doctors want. While abuses of ECT equipment have happened that's not what ECT actually is. In fact ECT is performed under anesthesia as a last resort treatment for depression (and some say all manner of mental illness) when therapy and medication have failed. The exact mechanism is unknown but patients do consistently report improvement after treatment.
* The notorious Judge Rotenberg Center in Canton, Massachusetts is the only "treatment facility" in the United States to still use "aversive therapy" (read: intentionally inflict pain on their "patients" to "cure" them of "behavioral disorders"). They do this using a device developed there called the GED (Graduated Electronic Decelerator). It's worn in a fanny-pack with electrodes stuck onto the skin with electrically conducting adhesive. The devices are '''not''' FDA approved and the methods used routinely at the center would be considered a crime against humanity if used on prisoners of war, but under the pretense of "medical treatment"? UnfortunateImplications abound, of course.
** And America's largest autism charity, Autism Speaks, '''endorses''' this practice as "a drug-free cure for autism". Yet, to this day, autistic people who speak out against the treatment are told [[TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong to stop overreacting]]. It must be noted that Autism Speaks has no current autistic members, and actually forbids them from serving on its board, something the disability rights movement harshly criticizes.
*** For the record, yes, "patients" at the JRC have died from this, with autopsies confirming that the electric shocks '''were''' the direct cause of death.
* Used widely in South America during the 60s-80s.
** The ''parrilla'' was an infamous interrogation tool routinely used by the Chilean secret police during Pinochet's dictatorship (1973-1990). It was a metal frame prisoners were strapped onto naked, while the questioners applied electrodes to whatever body part they thought appropriate. The torturers usually considered the penis and vagina particularly appropriate (even developing a wet-steel-wool electrode for better electrical contact on female victims).
** 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.
** The "Cadeira do Dragão" (Dragon's Chair) was an electric chair used as a torture device and part of the plethora of torture devices used by the Brazilian military dictatorship in the 60s-70s.
* Used by Syria after the Yom Kippur War on [[BadassIsraeli captured Israelis]], though it hardly ever earned them any good intelligence.
* Doing this to the [[GroinAttack genitals]] is a favored technique of the torturers working in Middle Eastern SecretPolice forces in general, more as a punishment/warning for opposition to the regime than any actual attempt to get information. This is part of the reason for the [[UsefulNotes/TheArabSpring recent revolutions]] in the region.
** This is inherited from the French police and army, who used this generously on Muslims during the Algerian independence war. It was called "Gégène". The leader of the French far-right party is (in)famous for having used this with enthusiasm.
* 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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3rd Jan '17 4:18:25 AM StrikingViking
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* In the Ian Fleming novel "The Spy who Loved Me," James Bond is tortured by Russians using an electric current through his penis... naturally, this is left out of the film.
2nd Jan '17 12:07:01 PM Game_Fan
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* The notorious Judge Rotenberg Center in Canton, Massachusetts is the only "treatment facility" in the United States to still use "aversive therapy" (read: intentionally inflict pain on their "patients" to "cure" them of "behavioral disorders"). They do this using a device developed there called the GED (Graduated Electronic Decelerator). It's worn in a fanny-pack with electrodes stuck onto the skin with electrically conducting adhesive. The devices are '''not''' FDA approved and the methods used routinely at the center would be considered a crime against humanity if used on prisoners of war, but under the pretense of "medical treatment"? UnfortunateImplications abound, of course.
** And America's largest autism charity, Autism Speaks, '''endorses''' this practice as "a drug-free cure for autism". Yet, to this day, autistic people who speak out against the treatment are told [[TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong to stop overreacting]]. It must be noted that Autism Speaks has no current autistic members, and actually forbids them from serving on its board, something the disability rights movement harshly criticizes.
*** For the record, yes, "patients" at the JRC have died from this, with autopsies confirming that the electric shocks '''were''' the direct cause of death.
* Used widely in South America during the 60s-80s.
** The ''parrilla'' was an infamous interrogation tool routinely used by the Chilean secret police during Pinochet's dictatorship (1973-1990). It was a metal frame prisoners were strapped onto naked, while the questioners applied electrodes to whatever body part they thought appropriate. The torturers usually considered the penis and vagina particularly appropriate (even developing a wet-steel-wool electrode for better electrical contact on female victims).
** 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.
** The "Cadeira do Dragão" (Dragon's Chair) was an electric chair used as a torture device and part of the plethora of torture devices used by the Brazilian military dictatorship in the 60s-70s.
* Used by Syria after the Yom Kippur War on [[BadassIsraeli captured Israelis]], though it hardly ever earned them any good intelligence.
* Doing this to the [[GroinAttack genitals]] is a favored technique of the torturers working in Middle Eastern SecretPolice forces in general, more as a punishment/warning for opposition to the regime than any actual attempt to get information. This is part of the reason for the [[UsefulNotes/TheArabSpring recent revolutions]] in the region.
** This is inherited from the French police and army, who used this generously on Muslims during the Algerian independence war. It was called "Gégène". The leader of the French far-right party is (in)famous for having used this with enthusiasm.
* 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.
* Electro-Convulsive Therapy (ECT), also known as "shock therapy" or "electroshock therapy", is often portrayed this way in media thanks to the terrifying imagery involved. In reality it is administered under anethesia and is not meant to punish people into proper behavior but rather to relieve depression. Nonetheless there are reports of it having been used for torture.
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* The notorious Judge Rotenberg Center in Canton, Massachusetts is the only "treatment facility" in the United States to still use "aversive therapy" (read: intentionally inflict pain on their "patients" to "cure" them of "behavioral disorders"). They do this using a device developed there called the GED (Graduated Electronic Decelerator). It's worn in a fanny-pack with electrodes stuck onto the skin with electrically conducting adhesive. The devices are '''not''' FDA approved and the methods used routinely at the center would be considered a crime against humanity if used on prisoners of war, but under the pretense of "medical treatment"? UnfortunateImplications abound, of course.
** And America's largest autism charity, Autism Speaks, '''endorses''' this practice as "a drug-free cure for autism". Yet, to this day, autistic people who speak out against the treatment are told [[TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong to stop overreacting]]. It must be noted that Autism Speaks has no current autistic members, and actually forbids them from serving on its board, something the disability rights movement harshly criticizes.
*** For the record, yes, "patients" at the JRC have died from this, with autopsies confirming that the electric shocks '''were''' the direct cause of death.
* Used widely in South America during the 60s-80s.
** The ''parrilla'' was an infamous interrogation tool routinely used by the Chilean secret police during Pinochet's dictatorship (1973-1990). It was a metal frame prisoners were strapped onto naked, while the questioners applied electrodes to whatever body part they thought appropriate. The torturers usually considered the penis and vagina particularly appropriate (even developing a wet-steel-wool electrode for better electrical contact on female victims).
** 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.
** The "Cadeira do Dragão" (Dragon's Chair) was an electric chair used as a torture device and part of the plethora of torture devices used by the Brazilian military dictatorship in the 60s-70s.
* Used by Syria after the Yom Kippur War on [[BadassIsraeli captured Israelis]], though it hardly ever earned them any good intelligence.
* Doing this to the [[GroinAttack genitals]] is a favored technique of the torturers working in Middle Eastern SecretPolice forces in general, more as a punishment/warning for opposition to the regime than any actual attempt to get information. This is part of the reason for the [[UsefulNotes/TheArabSpring recent revolutions]] in the region.
** This is inherited from the French police and army, who used this generously on Muslims during the Algerian independence war. It was called "Gégène". The leader of the French far-right party is (in)famous for having used this with enthusiasm.
* 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.
* Electro-Convulsive Therapy (ECT), also known as "shock therapy" or "electroshock therapy", is often portrayed this way in media thanks to the terrifying imagery involved. In reality it is administered under anethesia and is not meant to punish people into proper behavior but rather to relieve depression. Nonetheless there are reports of it having been used for torture.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Electro-Convulsive Therapy (ECT), also known as "shock therapy" or "electroshock therapy", is often portrayed this way in media thanks to the terrifying imagery involved (famously in ''OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'') and with the assumption that it is designed to torture people into behaving the way that doctors want. While abuses of ECT equipment have happened that's not what ECT actually is. In fact ECT is performed under anesthesia as a last resort treatment for depression (and some say all manner of mental illness) when therapy and medication have failed. The exact mechanism is unknown but patients do consistently report improvement after treatment.
* The notorious Judge Rotenberg Center in Canton, Massachusetts is the only "treatment facility" in the United States to still use "aversive therapy" (read: intentionally inflict pain on their "patients" to "cure" them of "behavioral disorders"). They do this using a device developed there called the GED (Graduated Electronic Decelerator). It's worn in a fanny-pack with electrodes stuck onto the skin with electrically conducting adhesive. The devices are '''not''' FDA approved and the methods used routinely at the center would be considered a crime against humanity if used on prisoners of war, but under the pretense of "medical treatment"? UnfortunateImplications abound, of course.
** And America's largest autism charity, Autism Speaks, '''endorses''' this practice as "a drug-free cure for autism". Yet, to this day, autistic people who speak out against the treatment are told [[TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong to stop overreacting]]. It must be noted that Autism Speaks has no current autistic members, and actually forbids them from serving on its board, something the disability rights movement harshly criticizes.
*** For the record, yes, "patients" at the JRC have died from this, with autopsies confirming that the electric shocks '''were''' the direct cause of death.
* Used widely in South America during the 60s-80s.
** The ''parrilla'' was an infamous interrogation tool routinely used by the Chilean secret police during Pinochet's dictatorship (1973-1990). It was a metal frame prisoners were strapped onto naked, while the questioners applied electrodes to whatever body part they thought appropriate. The torturers usually considered the penis and vagina particularly appropriate (even developing a wet-steel-wool electrode for better electrical contact on female victims).
** 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.
** The "Cadeira do Dragão" (Dragon's Chair) was an electric chair used as a torture device and part of the plethora of torture devices used by the Brazilian military dictatorship in the 60s-70s.
* Used by Syria after the Yom Kippur War on [[BadassIsraeli captured Israelis]], though it hardly ever earned them any good intelligence.
* Doing this to the [[GroinAttack genitals]] is a favored technique of the torturers working in Middle Eastern SecretPolice forces in general, more as a punishment/warning for opposition to the regime than any actual attempt to get information. This is part of the reason for the [[UsefulNotes/TheArabSpring recent revolutions]] in the region.
** This is inherited from the French police and army, who used this generously on Muslims during the Algerian independence war. It was called "Gégène". The leader of the French far-right party is (in)famous for having used this with enthusiasm.
* 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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29th Dec '16 9:23:26 AM nombretomado
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* The Bureau of [[StateSec State Security]] under [[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]] under [[TheApartheidEra [[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.
11th Dec '16 4:00:20 PM Game_Fan
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* Subverted by ECT (Electro-Convulsive Therapy), more commonly known as electro-shock therapy, which takes place under anesthesia and at far less voltage, though in the past it was misused as well.

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* Subverted by ECT (Electro-Convulsive Therapy), more commonly Electro-Convulsive Therapy (ECT), also known as electro-shock therapy, which takes place "shock therapy" or "electroshock therapy", is often portrayed this way in media thanks to the terrifying imagery involved. In reality it is administered under anesthesia anethesia and at far less voltage, though in the past is not meant to punish people into proper behavior but rather to relieve depression. Nonetheless there are reports of it was misused as well. having been used for torture.
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