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8th May '17 6:20:54 AM ChronoLegion
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* Averted in ''Series/HawaiiFive0'', where [=McGarrett=] remembers coming to Guantanamo Bay and, against his superiors' wishes, treats a prisoner with respect, allowing him to pray, bringing him food (even apologizing for the food not being halal) and water. Eventually, it pays off, when the prisoner calls him years later and informs him of a terrorist plot in Honolulu. In the flashback, other guards claim that the prisoners are their enemies and should be treated as such, with one stating that they were able to use torture to obtain intel on two possible attacks. [=McGarrett=] counters by saying that tortured people will say anything to stop the torture, whether it's true or not. A little bit of respect goes a long way.
6th May '17 12:44:06 AM Golondrina
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* WillSmith's character in ''Film/WildWildWest'' uses the DramaticGunCock to force an impostor to reveal himself. The scene is played for laughs. To be fair, it's a dude ''impersonating the president'' who has failed to answer several direct questions about who he is.

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* WillSmith's Creator/WillSmith's character in ''Film/WildWildWest'' uses the DramaticGunCock to force an impostor to reveal himself. The scene is played for laughs. To be fair, it's a dude ''impersonating the president'' who has failed to answer several direct questions about who he is.
18th Dec '16 2:45:44 PM eowynjedi
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* In ''Discworld/NightWatch'', Vimes is flung to the past where PoliceBrutality is ''scientific'', thanks to Captain Swing's system of "craniometrics". Dr. Lawn mentions that one prisoner wound up with fingers pointing entirely the wrong way. When Vimes and his men invade Swing's headquarters, they find a simple chair next to a rack of hammers... oh, and then there's the ginger-beer trick. Vimes ''fakes'' this one to terrify a confession out of a suspect, and later terrifies a clerk with a long metal ruler, and [[{{Fingore}} his own desk drawer]].
27th Aug '16 1:05:04 AM Mhazard
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This is done because TortureAlwaysWorks, but it would be [[MoralDissonance unbecoming]] for our heroes to get their hands dirty with a JackBauerInterrogationTechnique. So instead, they use alternative techniques, usually psychological. They make death threats, point around loaded guns, and use things like sleep deprivation. Beatings may or may not apply depending on [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown how they're depicted]]. The most common, though, are probably the DramaticGunCock and HighAltitudeInterrogation.

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This is done because TortureAlwaysWorks, but it would be [[MoralDissonance unbecoming]] for our heroes to get their hands dirty with a JackBauerInterrogationTechnique. So instead, they use alternative techniques, usually psychological. They make death threats, point around loaded guns, and use things like sleep deprivation. Beatings may or may not apply depending on [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown how they're depicted]]. And sometimes, the tortures may be exacted on [[ForcedToWatch someone else]]. The most common, though, are probably the DramaticGunCock and HighAltitudeInterrogation.
5th Mar '16 6:42:18 AM TheWanderer
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* It's a recurring point in ''Series/BurnNotice'' that physical torture doesn't work. The show mentions, and even sometimes uses, "non-violent" methods that ''do'' break someone such as prolonged isolation, being subjected to loud noise for long periods of time, sleep deprivation, etc. In the end most of those methods take too long, so Michael and company devise clever ways to make a target either trust them or become completely terrified of them, usually without ever laying a hand on the subject. (For example, in one case Sam breaks a con artist by cutting ''himself'' open, dripping the blood all over the con artist, all while talking about what he'll do to the guy. It completely freaks the con artist out.)

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* It's a recurring point in ''Series/BurnNotice'' that physical torture doesn't work. The show mentions, and even sometimes uses, "non-violent" methods that ''do'' break someone such as prolonged isolation, being subjected to loud noise for long periods of time, sleep deprivation, etc. In the end most of those methods take too long, so Michael and company devise clever ways to make a target either trust them or become completely terrified of them, usually without ever laying a hand on the subject. (For example, in one case Sam breaks a con artist by cutting ''himself'' open, dripping the blood all over the con artist, all while talking about what he'll do to the guy. It completely freaks the con artist out.) As the narration puts it, at that point the thought process of the person being interrogated goes "If he's willing to do that to himself, what is he going to do to ''me?!"'')
30th Jan '16 4:18:02 PM FrolickingFizgig
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''Films/TheForceAwakens'': One of Kylo Ren's signature abilities involves using the Force to invade his victims' minds. He uses it in two separate interrogations.
30th Jan '16 4:16:50 PM FrolickingFizgig
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''Films/TheForceAwakens'': One of Kylo Ren's signature abilities involves using the Force to invade his victims' minds. He uses it in two separate interrogations.
17th Jan '16 10:10:54 AM nombretomado
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* The focal point of the ''LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' episode ''Harm''.

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* The focal point of the ''LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' episode ''Harm''."Harm".



* ''{{Homeland}}'' has an interrogation scene after the prisoner has been deprived of sleep from sporadic DeathMetal blasts.

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* ''{{Homeland}}'' ''Series/{{Homeland}}'' has an interrogation scene after the prisoner has been deprived of sleep from sporadic DeathMetal blasts.
13th Dec '15 6:50:47 PM Acebrock
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* It's a recurring ;point in ''Series/BurnNotice'' that physical torture doesn't work. The show mentions, and even sometimes uses, "non-violent" methods that ''do'' break someone such as prolonged isolation, being subjected to loud noise for long periods of time, sleep deprivation, etc. In the end most of those methods take too long, so Michael and company devise clever ways to make a target either trust them or become completely terrified of them, usually without ever laying a hand on the subject. (For example, in one case Sam breaks a con artist by cutting ''himself'' open, dripping the blood all over the con artist, all while talking about what he'll do to the guy. It completely freaks the con artist out.)

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* It's a recurring ;point point in ''Series/BurnNotice'' that physical torture doesn't work. The show mentions, and even sometimes uses, "non-violent" methods that ''do'' break someone such as prolonged isolation, being subjected to loud noise for long periods of time, sleep deprivation, etc. In the end most of those methods take too long, so Michael and company devise clever ways to make a target either trust them or become completely terrified of them, usually without ever laying a hand on the subject. (For example, in one case Sam breaks a con artist by cutting ''himself'' open, dripping the blood all over the con artist, all while talking about what he'll do to the guy. It completely freaks the con artist out.)
18th Oct '15 1:06:29 PM nombretomado
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* In ''ThePowerpuffGirls'', the people of Townsville get [[TheCollector Lenny Baxter]] [[InterrogationByVandalism to reveal where he has the girls by causing him to faint from the sight of kids removing the packaging from his collectibles.]]

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* In ''ThePowerpuffGirls'', ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', the people of Townsville get [[TheCollector Lenny Baxter]] [[InterrogationByVandalism to reveal where he has the girls by causing him to faint from the sight of kids removing the packaging from his collectibles.]]
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