History Main / ElectricTorture

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.
9th Dec '16 4:27:25 PM WillyFourEyes
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* In the manga version of the ''Anime/YuGiOh'', Jonouchi is tortured by gang members (the leader of which just happens to be a former friend) with stun guns. Later on, Yugi defeats the entire gang using a knocked-out member (holding a stun gun), the weather, and a couple of well-placed threats.

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* In the manga version of the ''Anime/YuGiOh'', Jonouchi is tortured by gang members (the leader of which just happens to be a former friend) with stun guns. Later on, Yugi defeats the entire gang using a knocked-out member (holding a stun gun), the weather, and a couple of well-placed threats.



* ''Manga/SamuraiGun''. The forces of the Shogunate develop an [[AnachronismStew electric chair]] for interrogations.

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* ''Manga/SamuraiGun''. The In ''Manga/SamuraiGun'', the forces of the Shogunate develop an [[AnachronismStew electric chair]] for interrogations.



* Killua of ''HunterXHunter'' had been subjected to this so many times in his youth that he developed an affinity to electricity, which he used when creating his Hatsu techniques.

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* Killua of ''HunterXHunter'' ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' had been subjected to this so many times in his youth that he developed an affinity to electricity, which he used when creating his Hatsu techniques.



** More recently. IDW's continuity introduced Kaon, a member of the Decepticon Justice Division who uses this method. Hell, he even ''turns into'' an electric chair.

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** More recently. IDW's continuity introduced Kaon, a member of the Decepticon Justice Division who uses this method. Hell, he even ''turns into'' an electric chair.



* The ''Franchise/StarWars'' comic ''Han Solo And The Hollow Moon of Khorya'' depicts a torture scene very similar to ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''. Han's strapped to a device while an officer asks questions. The electric part seems implied by the officer "raise the power! hit him again!" when Han doesn't talk. Han is seen screaming, but it ends just after because the guy Han was temporarily flying with spilled everything before they even got him strapped down.

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* The ''Franchise/StarWars'' comic ''Han Solo And The Hollow Moon of Khorya'' depicts a torture scene very similar to ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''. Han's strapped to a device while an officer asks questions. The electric part seems implied by the officer "raise ("Raise the power! hit Hit him again!" again!") when Han doesn't talk. Han is seen screaming, but it ends just after because the guy Han was temporarily flying with spilled everything before they even got him strapped down.



* Dunny of ''{{Company0051}}'' decides to stick his video games card into [[Franchise/{{Halo}} the Master Chief's]] neck slot and see what happens. The result? It hurts.

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* Dunny of ''{{Company0051}}'' ''FanFic/{{Company0051}}'' decides to stick his video games card into [[Franchise/{{Halo}} the Master Chief's]] neck slot and see what happens. The result? It hurts.



* In Fanfic/PagesOfHarmony, [[EvilutionaryBiologist Twilight]] does this very briefly to Rainbow Dash, but just as a test to make sure she could administer the electrical manipulation to her brain properly. Done in a much more blatant sense with Applejack to condition her into fearing telling the truth, so much so that she only is driven to speak in questions, as she no longer knows truth from lies.
* In {{Series/Teen Wolf}} fanfiction, most of the Derek/Kate fic have or at least mention this, as the fic is usually about Kate torturing him/Derek having flashbacks to Kate's torture.

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* In Fanfic/PagesOfHarmony, ''Fanfic/PagesOfHarmony'', [[EvilutionaryBiologist Twilight]] does this very briefly to Rainbow Dash, but just as a test to make sure she could administer the electrical manipulation to her brain properly. Done in a much more blatant sense with Applejack to condition her into fearing telling the truth, so much so that she only is driven to speak in questions, as she no longer knows truth from lies.
* In {{Series/Teen Wolf}} ''{{Series/Teen Wolf}}'' fanfiction, most of the Derek/Kate fic have or at least mention this, as the fic is usually about Kate torturing him/Derek having flashbacks to Kate's torture.



* In a [[http://mrshoneydew.deviantart.com/art/What-Chapter-372-of-Fairy-Tail-Should-Have-Been-524338116 fan fiction]] [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10791036/1/What-Chapter-372-of-Fairy-Tail-should-have-been that rewrites]] ''Manga/FairyTail's 372nd chapter, Erza brutally tortures Kyouka as [[PayEvilUntoEvil payback]] for the torture she put Erza through. During it, Erza uses her Lightning Empress Armor's spear as a torture device and therefore electrocutes Kyouka with it. Towards the end of the fan fiction, she [[spoiler: electrocuted Kyouka so brutally [[EyeScream her eyeballs popped out, still hanging by the optic nerves. Then Erza grabbed the eyes by the optic nerves and ripped them out of her face!]]]]

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* In a [[http://mrshoneydew.deviantart.com/art/What-Chapter-372-of-Fairy-Tail-Should-Have-Been-524338116 fan fiction]] [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10791036/1/What-Chapter-372-of-Fairy-Tail-should-have-been that rewrites]] ''Manga/FairyTail's ''Manga/FairyTail''[='=]s 372nd chapter, Erza brutally tortures Kyouka as [[PayEvilUntoEvil payback]] for the torture she put Erza through. During it, Erza uses her Lightning Empress Armor's spear as a torture device and therefore electrocutes Kyouka with it. Towards the end of the fan fiction, she [[spoiler: electrocuted Kyouka so brutally [[EyeScream her eyeballs popped out, still hanging by the optic nerves. Then Erza grabbed the eyes by the optic nerves and ripped them out of her face!]]]]



* Sith Lords ''love'' to do this to their victims in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' universe. ExpandedUniverse information on how the Force works turns this into a subversion; it's not actual electricity, per se, more like a visual manifestation that symbolizes using the dark side to inflict terrible pain on someone you feel extreme hate for.
** Of course, [[PragmaticVillainy Vader wasn't above letting a machine do the work]], since it's stated in the EU that using force lightning would short out his body.

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* Sith Lords ''love'' to do this to their victims in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' universe. ExpandedUniverse information on how the Force works turns this into a subversion; it's not actual electricity, per se, more like a visual manifestation that symbolizes using the dark side TheDarkSide to [[ThePowerOfHate inflict terrible pain on someone you feel extreme hate for.
for]].
** Of course, [[PragmaticVillainy Vader wasn't above letting a machine do the work]], since it's stated in the EU that using force lightning Force Lightning would short out his body.



* Jamal is hooked to a car battery to "loosen his tongue" in ''Film/SlumdogMillionaire''. The treatment knocks him out instantly.

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* Jamal is hooked to a car battery to "loosen "[[WeHaveWaysOfMakingYouTalk loosen his tongue" tongue]]" in ''Film/SlumdogMillionaire''. The treatment knocks him out instantly.



* ''Film/DieAnotherDay'': The opening credits imply that the North Koreans also used electric torture on James Bond during his period of captivity, in addition to regular beatings, poisoning with scorpions, and WaterTorture.

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* ''Film/DieAnotherDay'': The opening credits of ''Film/DieAnotherDay'' imply that the North Koreans also used electric torture on James Bond during his period of captivity, in addition to regular beatings, poisoning with scorpions, and WaterTorture.



* [[CanonSue John Galt]] goes through this at the end of ''Literature/AtlasShrugged''. [[TooKinkyToTorture Not only does he stoically endure the torture, but he's able to professionally troubleshoot the torture device, while still tied down, when it breaks after being turned up too high]].

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* [[CanonSue John Galt]] Galt goes through this at the end of ''Literature/AtlasShrugged''. [[TooKinkyToTorture Not only does he stoically endure the torture, but he's able to professionally troubleshoot the torture device, while still tied down, when it breaks after being turned up too high]].



* In ''Literature/IndecentExposure'', the whole of a South African police force unit are subjected to this by BOSS to provide aversion therapy for their regrettable tendency to rape black women in custody. Electroshock therapy works only too well. [[spoiler: they are averted from having sexual interest in ANY woman, black or white, and turn CampGay. Embarrassing as this is also illegal in South Africa]].

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* In ''Literature/IndecentExposure'', the whole of a South African police force unit are subjected to this by BOSS to provide aversion therapy for their regrettable tendency to rape black women in custody. Electroshock therapy works only too well. [[spoiler: they are averted from having sexual interest in ANY ''any'' woman, black or white, and turn CampGay. Embarrassing as this is also illegal in South Africa]].
8th Dec '16 4:54:24 AM iroanxi
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* In ''FanFic/ThisBites'', this is what [[PsychoElectro Enel]] effectively delivers to [[spoiler:Cross]].
7th Nov '16 3:35:54 AM Fireblood
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* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'' "[[Recap/TheOuterLimits1995S5E7TheHumanOperators The Human Operators]]": Ship punishes the man by making him go to "the rack", a contraption set between two pillars where he's zapped by electric current. However the man is the one who has to repair this same device when it breaks down, giving him an opportunity for escape.

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* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'' ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'': In "[[Recap/TheOuterLimits1995S5E7TheHumanOperators The Human Operators]]": Operators]]", Ship punishes the man by making him go to into "the rack", a contraption set between two pillars where he's zapped by electric current. However the man is the one who has to repair this same device when it breaks down, giving him an opportunity for escape.
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* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'' "[[Recap/TheOuterLimits1995S5E7TheHumanOperators The Human Operators]]": Ship punishes the man by making him go to "the rack", a contraption set between two pillars where he's zapped by electric current. However the man is the one who has to repair this same device when it breaks down, giving him an opportunity for escape.



* Subverted by ECT (Electro-Convulsive Therapy), more commonly known as electro-shock therapy, which takes place under anesthesia.

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* Subverted by ECT (Electro-Convulsive Therapy), more commonly known as electro-shock therapy, which takes place under anesthesia.anesthesia and at far less voltage, though in the past it was misused as well.
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