History Main / ElectricTorture

8th Feb '16 3:35:33 PM chicagomel
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** Of course, as the page image indicates, [[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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** Of course, as the page image indicates, [[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.
8th Feb '16 3:33:54 PM chicagomel
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** Also, the thing Han Solo was being tortured with in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' was a scan grid. It might be a bit more clear in the Expanded Universe, but it jolted him with painful electric shocks. This is why Boba Fett was concerned he'd die; he worried that the shocks would stop Han's heart before they had a chance to freeze him.
24th Jan '16 8:59:49 PM FuzzyBoots
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* The corrupt Interpol agents attempt to use this on Flint in ''Film/AssassinationGames'' to get him to reveal the location of the money he stole.
10th Jan '16 7:58:31 PM Fireblood
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* ''Film/ThreeKings'' does electric torture when one character is held and tortured by the Iraq Republican Guard. Done in a somewhat more gritty way as, among other things, you can hear his teeth cracking as he clenches them in pain when the current is passing through.
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* ''Film/ThreeKings'' does electric torture when one character is held and tortured by the Iraq Iraqi Republican Guard. Done It's done in a somewhat more gritty way as, among other things, you can hear his teeth cracking as he clenches them in pain when the current is passing through.

* The botched execution by electric chair of Eduard Delacroix in ''Film/TheGreenMile'': Percy Wetmore, who insisted on being in charge of Del's execution and a sadistic asshole to the core, deliberately refused to wet the sponge on his head which acted as a conductor, resulting in a prolonged and agonizing CruelAndUnusualDeath in which Del was literally cooked alive. There's a reason the book in which this scene takes place is called "The Bad Death of Eduard Delacroix".
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** The torturer notes that when Iraq was fighting Iran, American "specialists" [[NotSoDifferent came to teach them this technique]]. * The botched execution by electric chair of Eduard Delacroix in ''Film/TheGreenMile'': Percy Wetmore, who insisted on being in charge of Del's execution and a sadistic asshole to the core, deliberately refused neglected to wet the sponge on his head which acted as a conductor, resulting in a prolonged and agonizing CruelAndUnusualDeath in which Del was literally cooked alive. There's a reason the book in which this scene takes place is called "The Bad Death of Eduard Delacroix".

* ''Film/TheEvilThatMenDo'' (1984). Creator/CharlesBronson is hired to murder Dr Clement Molloch, a doctor who advises South American dictatorships on how to torture people. The movie opens with the MadDoctor demonstrating (to a group of army officers) the use of electric torture on a dissident journalist. A later scene lists the extensive injuries inflicted on him, including teeth shattered from being clenched so hard.
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* ''Film/TheEvilThatMenDo'' (1984). Creator/CharlesBronson is hired to murder Dr Dr. Clement Molloch, a doctor who advises South American dictatorships on how to torture people. The movie opens with the MadDoctor demonstrating (to a group of army officers) the use of electric torture on a dissident journalist. A later scene lists the extensive injuries inflicted on him, including teeth shattered from being clenched so hard.
10th Jan '16 7:48:42 PM Fireblood
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* Memorably applied by [[PapaWolf Bryan]] (played by Creator/LiamNeeson) in ''Film/{{Taken}}'' on a worthless brute that addicts helpless little girls to drugs before selling them to be raped by dirty old men. He slams two long-blunt-and-rusty nails into the evil bastard's deserving thighs, connects the nails to a fuse box, and turns on the light, coolly telling him that unlike third world countries (which they used to outsource this kind of thing to), the power in Paris "will stay on till they turn it off from lack of payment on the bill." When the bastard gives up information on the person he sold Bryan's daughter to, Bryan leaves the room, with the power on.
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* Memorably applied by [[PapaWolf Bryan]] (played by Creator/LiamNeeson) in ''Film/{{Taken}}'' on a worthless brute that addicts helpless little girls to drugs before selling an Albanian gangster who kidnaps young women and sells them to be raped by dirty old men. as {{sex slave}}s. He slams stabs two long-blunt-and-rusty nails into the evil bastard's deserving thighs, gangster's legs, connects the nails to a fuse box, and turns on the light, coolly telling him that unlike third world countries (which they used to outsource this kind of thing to), the power in Paris "will stay on till they turn it off from lack of payment on the bill." When the bastard gangster gives up information on the person he sold Bryan's daughter to, Bryan leaves the room, with the power on.
10th Jan '16 7:45:39 PM Fireblood
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Sometimes an example of TruthInTelevision - certain members of the scientific and medical communities believe that nonfatal electrical current through your brain is the most painful thing a human can survive, and certain military groups around the world have begun to utilize this. When applied properly, this method also has the added bonus of not leaving any physical evidence of torture on the bodies of the "guests". Electric torture has some side benefits to interrogators as well, as it tends to mess with brain circuitry, leading to feelings of disorientation and short term memory loss in addition to pain, which increases confusion and makes subjects more malleable. It also tends to be convenient, as it doesn't require a ton of effort on the interrogators' part and rarely requires extensive cleanup beyond the occasional loss of bowel control.
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Sometimes an example of TruthInTelevision - certain members of the scientific and medical communities believe that nonfatal electrical current through your brain is the most painful thing a human can survive, and certain military groups regimes around the world (particularly military dictatorships) have begun to utilize utilized this. When applied properly, this method also has the added bonus of not leaving any physical evidence of torture on the bodies of the "guests". Electric torture has some side benefits to interrogators as well, as it tends to mess with brain circuitry, leading to feelings of disorientation and short term memory loss in addition to pain, which increases confusion and makes subjects more malleable. It also tends to be convenient, as it doesn't require a ton of effort on the interrogators' part and rarely requires extensive cleanup beyond the occasional loss of bowel control.
14th Dec '15 10:27:41 AM AliceMacher
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* In ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'' #8, John Constantine has a nightmare, based on his time in Ravenscar Asylum, in which two staffers prepare to torture him with live wires.
9th Dec '15 5:41:57 PM AsForMyHandle
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* In ''The Hunger Games'' series' third book ''Mockingjay'', it is revealed that Johanna Mason was soaked in water and electrocuted.
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* In ''The Hunger Games'' ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' series' third book ''Mockingjay'', it is revealed that Johanna Mason [[spoiler:Johanna Mason]] was soaked in water and electrocuted.

* Happens twice in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII''; first, when Sora is [[ForcedToWatch forced to watch]] Donald and Goofy being tortured by [[{{Film/Tron}} Sark]] as a demonstration towards his role as "[[{{TheManBehindTheMonsters}} a Heartless Commander]]" after the teenager's [[DeadpanSnarker snarky comment]]. Later on, all three of them get paralyzed from an electric shock while trying to steal a statue from [[{{Disney/Hercules}} Hades]].
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* Happens twice in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII''; first, when Sora is [[ForcedToWatch forced to watch]] Donald watch]] and Goofy being tortured by [[{{Film/Tron}} Sark]] as a demonstration towards his role as "[[{{TheManBehindTheMonsters}} a Heartless Commander]]" after the teenager's [[DeadpanSnarker snarky comment]]. Later on, all three of them get paralyzed from an electric shock while trying to steal a statue from [[{{Disney/Hercules}} Hades]].
8th Dec '15 11:49:20 AM erforce
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* In ''Film/LethalWeapon'', Riggs is tortured by a TortureTechnician played by Al Leong.
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* In ''Film/LethalWeapon'', Riggs is tortured by a TortureTechnician played by Al Leong.Leong, who is trying to find out what he knows about the bad guys' heroin shipments.
27th Nov '15 6:24:08 PM Adept
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* This is a recurring event in ''Franchise/MetalGear'', starting with [[MetalGearSolid the Playstation game]]. It ''is'' possible to be killed in this scene; to survive, the player must [[PressXToNotDie repeatedly press a button]] to keep Snake's [[LifeMeter health bar]] up. Something similar happens in the second game. The third game, ''Snake Eater'', also has the hero tortured with electricity, but meanwhile the BigBad is also (literally) beating the piss out of him. Cunningham also (very briefly) does this to Big Boss by whipping him with a stun baton (twice), as well as [[GroinAttack placing his artificial leg directly into Big Boss's groin]] between the two shocks in the very beginning of ''Portable Ops''. ''Peace Walker'' also has this happening to Big Boss. * In the backstory for ''StarControl II'', thousands of years ago, many of the Ur-Quan voluntarily wore "Excruciators" for months or years to prevent them from being mind-controlled by the Dnyarri (as the one doing the mind control also feels the pain and has to break the link). The experience left most quite insane.
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* This is a recurring event in ''Franchise/MetalGear'', starting with [[MetalGearSolid [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid the Playstation game]]. It ''is'' possible to be killed in this scene; to survive, the player must [[PressXToNotDie repeatedly press a button]] to keep Snake's [[LifeMeter health bar]] up. Something similar happens in the second game. The third game, ''Snake Eater'', also has the hero tortured with electricity, but meanwhile the BigBad is also (literally) beating the piss out of him. Cunningham also (very briefly) does this to Big Boss by whipping him with a stun baton (twice), as well as [[GroinAttack placing his artificial leg directly into Big Boss's groin]] between the two shocks in the very beginning of ''Portable Ops''. ''Peace Walker'' also has this happening to Big Boss. * In the backstory for ''StarControl ''VideoGame/StarControl II'', thousands of years ago, many of the Ur-Quan voluntarily wore "Excruciators" for months or years to prevent them from being mind-controlled by the Dnyarri (as the one doing the mind control also feels the pain and has to break the link). The experience left most quite insane.

* ''{{Final Fantasy XIII}}'': A magical variant is applied to Vanille by Orphan, [[ForcedToWatch to force Fang's hand]] and [[spoiler:make her transform into Ragnarok]]. It's used, much more brutally on Fang a scene later (to the point that she needs to be revived after each blast) [[spoiler:when she fails to finish the transformation]]. It's combined with being held high in the air by the wrists for extra nastiness.
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* ''{{Final Fantasy XIII}}'': ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'': A magical variant is applied to Vanille by Orphan, [[ForcedToWatch to force Fang's hand]] and [[spoiler:make her transform into Ragnarok]]. It's used, much more brutally on Fang a scene later (to the point that she needs to be revived after each blast) [[spoiler:when she fails to finish the transformation]]. It's combined with being held high in the air by the wrists for extra nastiness.

* Occurs in the first two ''ShadowHearts'' games, just to fulfill a villain's perverse fantasies (much more blatantly in the second). In the first one, it's done to Alice, and giving the proper responses ([[spoiler:the first one every time]]) opens a {{sidequest}} (and saves her from being shocked). In the second one, you choose who gets the torture, and the responses you give determines the contents of a later treasure chest.
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* Occurs in the first two ''ShadowHearts'' ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'' games, just to fulfill a villain's perverse fantasies (much more blatantly in the second). In the first one, it's done to Alice, and giving the proper responses ([[spoiler:the first one every time]]) opens a {{sidequest}} (and saves her from being shocked). In the second one, you choose who gets the torture, and the responses you give determines the contents of a later treasure chest.

* In ''SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'' when you seized the last base of another faction there would be a brief video showing a writhing figure screaming in agony as he or she was electrocuted. Given you had already beaten them was the torture really necessary? Yes, [[EvilLaugh Mwa ha ha ha]].
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* In ''SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'' ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'' when you seized the last base of another faction there would be a brief video showing a writhing figure screaming in agony as he or she was electrocuted. Given you had already beaten them was the torture really necessary? Yes, [[EvilLaugh Mwa ha ha ha]].

* In ''ReturnToCastleWolfenstein'' Agent Zero is shocked to extract information by an SS scientist in the titular castle. He expires before they can get anything out of him.
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* In ''ReturnToCastleWolfenstein'' ''VideoGame/ReturnToCastleWolfenstein'' Agent Zero is shocked to extract information by an SS scientist in the titular castle. He expires before they can get anything out of him.

* In ''{{Wet}}'', Rubi is captured due to some subterfuge. She is suspended with her feet in a tub of water connected to a car battery charger, but the interrogator loses interest and orders her killed after about 30 seconds. Naturally, she quickly makes her escape and turns the tables on the torturer. She's [[ActionGirl badass]] like that.
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* In ''{{Wet}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Wet}}'', Rubi is captured due to some subterfuge. She is suspended with her feet in a tub of water connected to a car battery charger, but the interrogator loses interest and orders her killed after about 30 seconds. Naturally, she quickly makes her escape and turns the tables on the torturer. She's [[ActionGirl badass]] like that.
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