History Main / EpiphanicPrison

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.]]
30th Jan '17 12:27:20 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.]]
29th Jan '17 1:33:42 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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* In Sartre's ''Theatre/NoExit'', Existential Hell is implied to work this way, but the point is that the characters are so flawed that they will never come to the conclusion themselves (or, more accurately, if you could come to the epiphany yourself you probably wouldn't be there), especially when [[TallPoppySyndrome they collectively hold each other as well as themselves back simultaneously.]]

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* In Sartre's ''Theatre/NoExit'', Existential Hell is implied seems to work this way, but the point is except that the characters are so flawed that they will never come going to the conclusion themselves (or, more accurately, get that epiphany (after all, if you could come were the kind of person to have the epiphany yourself you probably wouldn't be there), especially when there in the first place), due to their flaws, insecurities, and [[TallPoppySyndrome they collectively hold holding each other as well as themselves back simultaneously.]]
25th Jan '17 8:13:43 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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* ''Literature/TheGreatDivorce'' has this as what keeps damned souls in Hell. They can get out easily; there's a bus leading to the outskirts of Heaven, and anyone nearby can go on it. Once there, they're met by Bright Ones (blessed spirits of people they knew in life) who are there to take them to Heaven. The only thing stopping them from going are their flaws, and their inability to let go of the same.

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* ''Literature/TheGreatDivorce'' has this as what keeps damned souls in Hell. They can get out easily; there's a bus leading to the outskirts of Heaven, and anyone nearby can go get on it. Once there, they're Heaven is so much realer than the ghosts that it's painful for them (Grass cuts their feet like knives, for example), but that can be overcome- each Ghost is met by a Bright Ones (blessed spirits One (native of people Heaven) who can guide them up into Heaven proper (they will become more solid as they knew in life) who are there do). But to take do so, they have to give up the flaws that keep them to Heaven. The only thing stopping them from going in hell, something most are their flaws, and their inability unwilling to let go of the same.do.
21st Dec '16 12:41:02 AM Xtifr
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* In the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'', [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething Prince Gwydion]] is held by [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Achren]] in what he calls a prison of the soul. [[spoiler: He escapes by having an epiphany which causes it to become a CardboardPrison that can no longer hold him.]]

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* In the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'', ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain'', [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething Prince Gwydion]] is held by [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Achren]] in what he calls a prison of the soul. [[spoiler: He escapes by having an epiphany which causes it to become a CardboardPrison that can no longer hold him.]]
28th Nov '16 8:53:23 PM WillBGood
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** The House in general: It traps the people who wander into it, waits until they loose their will to leave, and then turns them into zombie-like creatures, that impede and intimidate new arrivals. One ''can'' withstand its pull, [[spoiler: if the will to escape is there and you have a way to remember the outside, for example by [[ItMakesSenseInContext eating bread]]]], but that still doesn't mean you will manage to leave.

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** The House in general: It traps the people who wander into it, waits until they loose lose their will to leave, and then turns them into zombie-like creatures, that impede and intimidate new arrivals. One ''can'' withstand its pull, [[spoiler: if the will to escape is there and you have a way to remember the outside, for example by [[ItMakesSenseInContext eating bread]]]], but that still doesn't mean you will manage to leave.
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