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14th Jun '17 9:22:52 AM Racheakt
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* Invoked interestingly in ''[[FanFic/{{Bird}} Bird]]'', a long-running theme of inversion of the source material's motif of physical and authoritive threats means that ultimately most patients at Alchemilla are kept there by their own fears and insecurities. As superpowered humans that are mostly voluntarily institutionalised, the majority can leave at any time they choose. Part of Taylor's journey is realizing she has to- both to protect her friends who ''can't'' leave voluntarily and to grow herself.
5th Jun '17 12:56:56 PM Taxima
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* In ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend'', the first group Eddie recruits into the new army are prisoners toiling in a mine. Lars explains that there is no gate or restraints on the men because they have no knowledge of life outside of the mine, the only thing they know how to do is hit things with their heads, so they stay underground. Eddie introduces the Headbangers to heavy metal to inspire them to reject their slavery.
1st Jun '17 8:02:02 PM nombretomado
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* WhiteWolf has a few properties that deal with this sort of narrative.

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* WhiteWolf Creator/WhiteWolf has a few properties that deal with this sort of narrative.
22nd Apr '17 1:04:44 PM nighttrainfm
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** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E6TheKeeperOfTraken "The Keeper of Traken"]], anyone who is evil and winds up on the planet becomes imprisoned in a stone form called a "melkur" by the anti-evil effects of the area (ItMakesSenseInContext). "Melkur" is their word for a fly trapped in honey. To be freed, all you have to do is ''not be evil anymore.'' Once your heart changes, you're free. Naturally, The Master had been stuck for a good long while. [[spoiler:''Not''. The Melkur is ''really'' his TARDIS, whose chameleon circuit works just fine. He's been free and able to orchestrate the evilness that had been going on all along. He probably avoided actually becoming a melkur by staying inside and moving it wherever he needed to be, as the melkur was sometimes seen to move.]]



** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E6TheKeeperOfTraken "The Keeper of Traken"]], anyone who is evil and winds up on the planet becomes imprisoned in a stone form called a "melkur" by the anti-evil effects of the area (ItMakesSenseInContext). "Melkur" is their word for a fly trapped in honey. To be freed, all you have to do is ''not be evil anymore.'' Once your heart changes, you're free. Naturally, The Master had been stuck for a good long while. [[spoiler:''Not''. The Melkur is ''really'' his TARDIS, whose chameleon circuit works just fine. He's been free and able to orchestrate the evilness that had been going on all along. He probably avoided actually becoming a melkur by staying inside and moving it wherever he needed to be, as the melkur was sometimes seen to move.]]
5th Apr '17 8:37:06 AM Jgamer
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** Mementos, the Palace of the Collective Unconscious, manifests as a giant prison, symbolic of everyone feels constrained by the civil order, but are too afraid or uncaring to do anything about it. Fitting with the SevenDeadlySins motif of the game, they collectively represent the sin of Sloth.
3rd Mar '17 7:12:39 AM Couran
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** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E11HeavenSent "Heaven Sent"]] the Doctor is teleported into the confession dial seen earlier in the series. Its interior is a series of puzzle rooms with strange clues that suggest the presence of other prisoners, yet the Doctor also notes that many of their elements seem designed to intimidate him, including the veiled monster that constantly shuffles after him. Eventually, he realizes that, for thousands of years, he's been using the teleporter to create duplicates of himself as he first arrived in the dial. And then repeats the process.

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** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E11HeavenSent "Heaven Sent"]] the Doctor is teleported into the confession dial seen earlier in the series. Its interior is a series of puzzle rooms with strange clues that suggest the presence of other prisoners, yet the Doctor also notes that many of their elements seem designed to intimidate him, including the veiled monster that constantly shuffles after him. Eventually, he realizes that, for thousands billions of years, he's been using the teleporter to create duplicates of himself as he first arrived in the dial. And then repeats the process.
24th Feb '17 3:21:19 AM Alcyius
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* In [[Creater/PiersAnthony Piers Anthony's]] ''Literature/BearingAnHourglass'', Norton is [[spoiler:trapped by Lucifer in fantasy world and a science fiction world, supposedly in an Anti-Matter Galaxy where time flows backwards like Norton does (As the Incarnation of Time, Norton moves backwards in Time, as he has to know when things need fixed). He knows it's a trap, but he wasn't sure if it was all in his mind. At one point, he came to a room where each of his companions in the fantasy world could be possessed by a strange force, and are compelled to answer his questions. After one of his companions, an alien, tells him something that he himself did not know, he realizes it isn't a dream. Next, he came to a room with three individuals, a King who offers power, even over the Anti-Matter Galaxy, a woman who offers him all the riches in it, and a young, irreverent boy, who tells him that there is no Anti-Matter Galaxy. After this, he comes to a room showing him the entire Universe, and goes back and forth through all of time, seeing it start as dead dust, eventually collapsing into a single point at its end. With those three revelations, he realizes that Satan had placed an illusion on his Hourglass, making him think he was still going backwards in time, and upon exiting, the entire fantasy world was revealed to be Satan's Movie Studios.]]
20th Feb '17 4:47:44 AM jormis29
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* The Darklords of ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' are trapped in their IronicHell as punishment for their monstrous deeds. The term for such deeds in Ravenloft is an [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast "Act of Ultimate Darkness"]], a near-perfect blend of hypocrisy, [[ThisIsUnforgivable depravity]], [[KickTheDog cruelty]], and [[ItsAllAboutMe selfishness]]. The clincher, though, is [[ObliviouslyEvil absolute refusal to acknowledge that what they did was wrong]]. Indeed, that's part of ThePunishment for darklords: if they worked up the moral strength to admit that what they have done is inexcusable and that they reaped what they sowed, their curse would be [[CursedWithAwesome moot]]. But the thing is, if they were ''capable'' of admitting they were wrong, they wouldn't be here in the first place. And, surprise, surprise! While originally a TSR setting and currently in the hands of Wizards of the Coast, due to an apparent desire to own every example of this trope in gaming, White Wolf had the Ravenloft license for most of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'''s Third Edition era (under their Sword & Sorcery imprint).

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* The Darklords of ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' are trapped in their IronicHell as punishment for their monstrous deeds. The term for such deeds in Ravenloft is an [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast "Act of Ultimate Darkness"]], a near-perfect blend of hypocrisy, [[ThisIsUnforgivable depravity]], [[KickTheDog cruelty]], and [[ItsAllAboutMe selfishness]]. The clincher, though, is [[ObliviouslyEvil absolute refusal to acknowledge that what they did was wrong]]. Indeed, that's part of ThePunishment for darklords: if they worked up the moral strength to admit that what they have done is inexcusable and that they reaped what they sowed, their curse would be [[CursedWithAwesome moot]]. But the thing is, if they were ''capable'' of admitting they were wrong, they wouldn't be here in the first place. And, surprise, surprise! While originally a TSR Creator/{{TSR}} setting and currently in the hands of Wizards of the Coast, Creator/WizardsOfTheCoast, due to an apparent desire to own every example of this trope in gaming, White Wolf Creator/WhiteWolf had the Ravenloft license for most of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'''s Third Edition era (under their Sword & Sorcery imprint).



* The ''Armies of the Abyss'' supplement of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' mentions Samora, a resort-like area in the Abyssal realm of Azzagrat, the kingdom ruled by Graz'zt. At first, the place seems like the RedLightDistrict of Azzagrat, and it basically is; mortals can gain ''any'' fantasy they desire, for a price, from the [[HornyDevils succubi]] under Graz'zt's employ. But there is a risk. Mortals who take too much advantage of the services are drawn in too deep, until they lose the desire to leave, becoming [[SexSlave Sex Slaves]] of the succubi - and new customers as well - without even knowing it.

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* The ''Armies of the Abyss'' supplement of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' mentions Samora, a resort-like area in the Abyssal realm of Azzagrat, the kingdom ruled by Graz'zt. At first, the place seems like the RedLightDistrict of Azzagrat, and it basically is; mortals can gain ''any'' fantasy they desire, for a price, from the [[HornyDevils succubi]] under Graz'zt's employ. But there is a risk. Mortals who take too much advantage of the services are drawn in too deep, until they lose the desire to leave, becoming [[SexSlave Sex Slaves]] {{Sex Slave}}s of the succubi - and new customers as well - without even knowing it.
16th Feb '17 7:25:59 AM Drakkenmensch
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* While trying to rescue a little girl who was part of The Collector's collection of unique specimens, SilverSurfer discovers too late that she is held because she is the host of a rare virus who immediately recognizes that the surfer would be a ''better'' host and invades him body and mind, trapping him in a cryptic mindscape. He eventually realizes that he has locked himself in a guilt nightmare over the destruction of Zenn-La and allowing himself release from this guilt also cures the virus out of his body.
-->'''The Collector:''' Are you telling me that you got cured because suddenly ''you're well-adjusted?!?''
30th Jan '17 12:31:13 AM Totema
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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': For Shinji, this is the "dark spotlight chair room" that he's often depicted sitting in during the show's navel-gazing. [[spoiler: At the end, the room literally cracks apart and disintegrates when he finally realizes that he can learn to love himself.]]

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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': For Shinji, this is the "dark spotlight chair room" that he's often depicted sitting in during the show's navel-gazing.navel-gazing moments. [[spoiler: At the end, the room literally cracks apart and disintegrates when he finally realizes that he can learn to love himself.]]
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