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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.]]
24th Jul '15 6:51:10 PM nombretomado
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* Inverted in ''{{Metalocalypse}}'' with a scene of a teenage Dethklok fan being forced to listen to Dethklok's music at obscenely high volume as punishment for pirating the track on the internet; he suffers severe psychological damage and becomes a villain shortly afterward, and the torture scene isn't treated as anything but a torture scene. (Of course, for Metalocalypse, it's really par for the course.)

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* Inverted in ''{{Metalocalypse}}'' ''{{WesternAnimation/Metalocalypse}}'' with a scene of a teenage Dethklok fan being forced to listen to Dethklok's music at obscenely high volume as punishment for pirating the track on the internet; he suffers severe psychological damage and becomes a villain shortly afterward, and the torture scene isn't treated as anything but a torture scene. (Of course, for Metalocalypse, it's really par for the course.)
29th Jun '15 12:14:30 PM nombretomado
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* The new ''[[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined Battlestar Galactica]]'' likes this one, particularly the episode "Taking a Break From All Your Worries," including a particularly memorable scene involving the ever-present threat of airlocking.

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* The new ''[[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined Battlestar Galactica]]'' ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'' likes this one, particularly the episode "Taking a Break From All Your Worries," including a particularly memorable scene involving the ever-present threat of airlocking.
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