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19th Sep '17 12:44:57 AM bfunc
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** The Bastille may have qualified. Under Louis XIV there were seldom more than 50 people imprisoned there at any given time, and they were permitted to bring in their own clothing and furnishings; since nearly all the prisoners were upper class, these were sometimes quite lavish.



* Despite its sinister reputation, the pre-Revolutionary Bastille was mostly fitting for this trope. It mostly housed political prisoners, and mentally ill nobles, and it was perfectly possible for a prisoner from the Bastille to get out and rise to a prestigious position in the court again, so the wardens knew well enough not to antagonize any of them. The prisoners received an allowance, as well as anything their families donated them, and could use the money to buy anything they wanted from shops within the fortress that had as good selections as in Paris outside. In fact, the only thing that the prisoners were deprived of was dessert with their meals and they accepted that, as prisoners, they had to be deprived of ''something'' to remind them that they were being punished.

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* Despite its sinister reputation, the pre-Revolutionary Bastille was mostly fitting for this trope. It mostly housed political prisoners, and mentally ill nobles, and it was perfectly possible for a prisoner from the Bastille to get out and rise to a prestigious position in the court again, so the wardens knew well enough not to antagonize any of them. The prisoners received an allowance, as well as anything their families donated them, and could use the money to buy anything they wanted from shops within the fortress that had as good selections as in Paris outside. In fact, the only thing that the prisoners were deprived of was dessert with their meals and they accepted that, as prisoners, they had to be deprived of ''something'' to remind them that they were being punished. It was also quite a sizable building for its usual population of 20-50 detainees.
19th Sep '17 12:41:30 AM bfunc
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** The Bastille may have qualified. Under Louis XIV there were seldom more than 50 people imprisoned there at any given time, and they were permitted to bring in their own clothing and furnishings; since nearly all the prisoners were upper class, these were sometimes quite lavish.
19th Sep '17 12:03:38 AM bfunc
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** It is strongly implied that this is not, technically, a prison, as Leonard of Quirm can apparently leave it at will, having designed most of the traps. It is not made quite clear whether Vetinary knows this, nor whether either of them consider it a prison or just let everyone else think that.

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** It is strongly implied that this is not, technically, a prison, as Leonard of Quirm can apparently leave it at will, having designed most of the traps. It is not made quite clear whether Vetinary Vetinari knows this, nor whether either of them consider it a prison or just let everyone else think that.
18th Sep '17 11:55:45 PM WhiteRoseSamurai
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* The third mission in ''VideoGame/Hitman2016'' is actually called "A Gilded Cage"; one of the targets, Claus Hugo Strandberg, is a Swedish bank CEO who embezzled billions of dollars from the people of Morocco, and was busted out of police custody by mercenaries working for [[GeneralRipper Reza Zaydan]], Strandberg's partner and the other target. Strandberg taken refuge in the Swedish consulate in Marrakesh, which has all the comforts of home, but there's a massive protest literally right outside demanding his arrest.

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* The third mission in ''VideoGame/Hitman2016'' is actually called "A Gilded Cage"; one of the targets, Claus Hugo Strandberg, is a Swedish bank CEO who embezzled billions of dollars from the people of Morocco, and was busted out of police custody by mercenaries working for [[GeneralRipper Reza Zaydan]], Strandberg's partner and the other target. Strandberg Strandberg's taken refuge in the Swedish consulate in Marrakesh, which has all the comforts of home, but there's a massive protest literally right outside demanding his arrest.
18th Sep '17 11:54:13 PM WhiteRoseSamurai
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* The third mission in ''VideoGame/Hitman2016'' is actually called "A Gilded Cage"; one of the targets, Claus Hugo Strandberg, is a Swedish bank CEO who embezzled billions of dollars from the people of Morocco, and was busted out of police custody by mercenaries working for [[GeneralRipper Reza Zaydan]], Strandberg's partner and the other target. Strandberg taken refuge in the Swedish consulate in Marrakesh, which has all the comforts of home, but there's a massive protest literally right outside demanding his arrest.
8th Sep '17 2:54:43 PM Drake1703
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* ''FanFic/TheUltimateHope'' has the students realize that Hope's Peak Academy is one...and all decide to stay and make the most of it if the rest of the world has been trashed beyond repair. Junko starts to crack when she realizes they turned her death game into the perfect apocalypse shelter.

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* ''FanFic/TheUltimateHope'' Played For Laughts in ''FanFic/TheUltimateHope''. It has the students realize that Hope's Peak Academy is one...and all decide to stay and make the most of it if the rest of the world has been trashed beyond repair. Junko starts to crack when she realizes they turned her death game into the perfect apocalypse shelter.
4th Sep '17 10:12:40 AM GeekProphet
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** It is strongly implied that this is not, technically, a prison, as Leonard of Quirm can apparently leave it at will, having designed most of the traps. It is not made quite clear whether Vetinary knows this, nor whether either of them consider it a prison or just let everyone else think that.
3rd Sep '17 10:55:46 PM Lanes17B
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* Every live action adaptation of ''BeautyAndTheBeast'' features a variation of Beauty taking the place of her condemned father, and being waited on hand and foot by the castle's attendants, in the hopes that she will fall in love with the Beast, marry him, and break the spell.
21st Aug '17 1:02:07 PM OlmoJV
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* The [[WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2 Tower of the Sacred Flame]] becomes this for Lady Lianne and its other occupants after Lord Shen takes over Gongmen City [[spoiler:until the tower is destroyed]] in ''FanFic/TheVow''. Years earlier, Lianne even [[{{Foreshadowing}} calls the tower this trope]] when she has to spend an year as the peacock family's guest.
** The epilogue has an interesting [[ImplicitPrison variant]]: after [[spoiler:Shen [[SparedByTheAdaptation survives his canon ending]] and returns to Lianne (who's become his wife and expectant with his child), he's made by her to stay inside the borders of the Shan Palace (her birth home) where the knowledge of his survival would be kept secret from all of China. She does this because handing him over to China's authorities would mean either his execution or imprisonment for life and she cannot swallow the thought of losing him again. Eventually Shen concedes to this new life: even if his liberty has been limited, he can still live with his wife and child]].

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* The [[WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2 Tower of the Sacred Flame]] becomes this for to Lady Lianne and its other occupants after Lord Shen takes over Gongmen City [[spoiler:until the tower is destroyed]] in ''FanFic/TheVow''. Years earlier, Lianne even [[{{Foreshadowing}} calls the tower this trope]] when she has to spend an one year as the peacock family's guest.
** The epilogue has an interesting [[ImplicitPrison variant]]: after [[spoiler:Shen [[SparedByTheAdaptation survives his canon ending]] and returns to Lianne (who's become his wife and expectant with his child), he's made by her to stay inside the borders of the Shan Palace (her birth home) where the knowledge of his survival would be kept secret from all of China. She does this because handing him over to China's authorities would mean either his execution or imprisonment for life and she cannot swallow the thought of losing him again. Eventually Shen concedes to this new life: life; even if his liberty has been limited, he can still live with his wife and child]].
19th Aug '17 11:16:02 PM CnHGirl
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}'', the Other World turns out to be this when after refusing to sew buttons in her eyes, Coraline tries to leave by falling asleep (how she left twice before), only to still be there when she wakes up. The cage tarnishes when she refuses to acknowledge the Other Mother as her mother.
* While humble by every standard, Rapunzel's tower in ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' is still this, since it's a charming home in a pretty, secluded glade in the forest by a waterfall. The thing is, Rapunzel can physically leave the tower, but her kidnapper/"mother", Gothel, has forbidden her from leaving and made her afraid to do so for good measure, providing her with just enough in hobbies and housework to keep her content with her situation (although at the start of the film, this strategy proves to be failing). That is, until Rapunzel meets a certain home-invading thief.
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