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9th Jan '18 5:49:35 AM shooterboss
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* Frederick in ''Literature/TheCollector'' keeps the object of his infatuation in one. Since she's an art student, he adds various art books and stationery, as well as anything she asks for, to the basement cage in hopes of gaining her favor.
8th Jan '18 9:21:31 PM LadyNorbert
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* The opening narration of the Mage Origin in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' describes the Tower of the Circle of Magi as one of these. The mages get access to better and better quarters as they rise in rank, they have access to all of the resources a student of magic could ever desire, and they get all of their needs provided for them. [[MundaneUtility The Tranquil even make use of their talent for alchemy to brew fine ale]]. Too bad they can't ever ''leave'' the Tower except on official Circle business unless they want to risk Death by Templar. The same Templars who never let them out of their sight -- always watching. Some mages learn to appreciate the benefits and opportunities the Circle provides and come to accept their restricted lives. Others... don't.
** The restrictions aren't incredibly harsh in the Ferelden Circle, at least. In ''[[VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening Awakening]]'' you can run into a Circle mage doing research on alchemical plants, in the middle of nowhere without any kind of supervision, implicitly for weeks at a time.

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* The opening narration of the Mage Origin in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' describes the Tower of the Circle of Magi as one of these. The mages get access to better and better quarters as they rise in rank, they have access to all of the resources a student of magic could ever desire, and they get all of their needs provided for them. [[MundaneUtility The Tranquil even make use of their talent for alchemy to brew fine ale]]. Too bad they can't ever ''leave'' the Tower except on official Circle business unless they want to risk Death by Templar. The same Templars who never let them out of their sight -- always watching. Some mages learn to appreciate the benefits and opportunities the Circle provides and come to accept their restricted lives. Others... don't.
** The restrictions aren't incredibly harsh in the Ferelden Circle, at least. In ''[[VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening Awakening]]'' you can run into a Circle mage doing research on alchemical plants, in the middle of nowhere without any kind of supervision, implicitly for weeks at a time. WordOfGod confirms that the Knight-Commander in Ferelden is considered almost excessively liberal because he's willing to allow mages to leave the tower as long as they arrange it through proper channels.



** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' the Kirkwall Circle of Magi has it even worse: not only are the Templars even stricter (verging on psychotic), but over the course of the game the "gilding" on their cage is gradually removed; apart from that rather nasty point in which Ser Alrik was implied to be making mages [[EmptyShell Tranquil]] so he could use them as sex slaves, the most spartan it got was in Act 3, when mages aren't even permitted to leave their cells. The Circle is even housed in a former prison complex, so the gilding was somewhat limited to begin with.
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', Cassandra Pentaghast confides in you that her life before becoming a Seeker was very much like this. Being in a highborn family that was renowned for Dragon Slaying, few if any of which actually participated in. She herself describes her state in the family as being like a porcelain doll, occasionally brought out to be shown off but generally just kept aside.

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** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' the Kirkwall Circle of Magi has it even worse: not only are the Templars even stricter (verging on psychotic), but over the course of the game the "gilding" on their cage is gradually removed; apart from that removed. In Act 2 there's a rather nasty point in which Ser Alrik was is implied to be making mages [[EmptyShell Tranquil]] so he could can use them as sex slaves, the most spartan it got was in slaves. By Act 3, when mages aren't even permitted to leave their cells. The Circle is even housed in a former prison complex, so the gilding was somewhat limited to begin with.
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** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', Cassandra Pentaghast confides in you that her life before becoming a Seeker was very much like this. Being in She's a highborn distant cousin to Nevarra's royal family that was renowned for Dragon Slaying, few if any and descended from dragonslayers, although she's probably the only living member of which the clan who has actually participated in. ''killed'' a dragon; as a child, she was the ward of her uncle, who didn't really have much to do with her, and she says that all she knew of Nevarra for a long time was what she saw through the window. She herself describes her state in the family as being like a porcelain doll, occasionally brought out to be shown off but generally just kept aside.



* In ''Videogame/{{Cursery}}: The Crooked Man'', this becomes an important plot point. Cheryl was feeling smothered and trapped in the chateau by her fiance, who had been obsessively keeping her from visiting her village that she escaped from their chateau one night. [[spoiler: He was chasing her down to bring her back to the chateau when she stepped on loose ground and fell off a cliff to her death. This drove Blaise insane with grief.]]

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* In ''Videogame/{{Cursery}}: The Crooked Man'', this becomes an important plot point. Cheryl was feeling smothered and trapped in the chateau by her fiance, who had been obsessively keeping her from visiting her village village, that she escaped from their chateau one night. [[spoiler: He was chasing her down to bring her back to the chateau when she stepped on loose ground and fell off a cliff to her death. This drove Blaise insane with grief.]]



* The earlier part of [[UsefulNotes/MaryOfScotland Mary, Queen of Scots]]' prison term was spent in one of these.

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* The earlier part of When [[UsefulNotes/MaryOfScotland Mary, Queen of Scots]]' Scots]] first became the prisoner of her cousin Elizabeth, she was kept in one of these. The later portion of her prison term was spent in one of these.a considerably less gilded cage.



* 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.

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* Despite its sinister reputation, the pre-Revolutionary Bastille was mostly fitting for largely fit 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 a selection as in Paris outside. In fact, the only thing that of which 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.



* UsefulNotes/ElizabethBathory was sentenced to a lifetime of house arrest for the many heinous crimes she commited against the peasants of her country and the surrounding countries, only being allowed company long enough to have food and drink delivered. Even though the bit about her [[BloodBath bathing in blood]] is probably myth, it's certain she was vain, so leaving her alive to grow old and ugly without allowing anyone to see her while she was still youthful may have been AFateWorseThanDeath.

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* UsefulNotes/ElizabethBathory was sentenced to a lifetime of house arrest for the many heinous crimes she commited committed against the peasants of her country and the surrounding countries, only being allowed company long enough to have food and drink delivered. Even though the bit about her [[BloodBath bathing in blood]] is probably myth, it's certain she was vain, so leaving her alive to grow old and ugly without allowing anyone to see her while she was still youthful may have been AFateWorseThanDeath.



* Brazilian former Judge Nicolau dos Santos Neto, who was arrested and convicted for embezzling funds from the building of a courtroom, is occasionally transferred from prison to house arrest on the pretence of treating a depression case.

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* Brazilian former Judge Nicolau dos Santos Neto, who was arrested and convicted for embezzling funds from the building of a courtroom, is occasionally transferred from prison to house arrest on the pretence pretense of treating a depression case.
26th Dec '17 9:10:13 AM H8FearADRLuv
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* In the 2017 film "Sahara", Eva describes her home in the Oasis as such. From an outsider's view (namely [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer Ajar's]]), it's a mystery why anyone would want to leave such a beautiful peaceful place. But the way nobody is even allowed to ''leave'', perhaps it's fitting that she views it as a prison.
16th Dec '17 6:46:47 PM ZimFan89
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* In ''Film/NowYouSeeMe2'', it's shown that since Thaddeus was imprisoned after the events of the previous movie, he's somehow arranged to have his maximum security prison cell furbished with a flatscreen TV, a computer with full Internet connection, a recliner chair, and classical music. And he apparently has lobster bisque for dinner on a regular basis.
15th Nov '17 10:04:45 AM Pichu-kun
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* ''Film/StellaMaris'': The titular Stella Maris was born paralyzed and was kept inside her house her entire life by her wealthy guardians. They refused to let Stella learn about the hardships of the world around here and sheltered her from anything negative. It isn't until she learned to walk after a surgery that she was let outside and began learning that the world is full of unfortunate circumstances. In Stella's case, she was perfectly content with her life because she didn't ''know'' anything besides it. It isn't until after she becomes more worldly that she becomes angry at her sheltered life.
9th Nov '17 5:04:47 AM Mei-may
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* Just like in [[Franchise/DragonAge its canon games]], in ''Fanfic/WalkingInCircles'', this trope is basically how life is inside a Circle. You will be fed, clothed and given education, if you climb up the ranks high enough, you can even enjoy a luxurious lifestyle. But you canít leave your tower without permission, all of your works belong to the Chantry. Any children you have will be taken away from you at the moment of their birth. Any chance of acting out of line can result in you being beaten, imprisoned, make Tranquil or killed. And even if you act within your line, you can still be abused by the Templars for the hell of it if you donít have your family backing you.
5th Nov '17 3:37:39 PM LadyNorbert
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** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' the Kirkwall Circle of Magi has it even worse: not only are the Templars even stricter (verging on psychotic), but over the course of the game the "gilding" on their cage is gradually removed; apart from that rather nasty point in which Ser Alrik was implied to be making mages [[EmptyShell Tranquil]] so he could use them as sex slaves, the most spartan it got was in Act II, when mages aren't even permitted to leave their cells. The Circle is even housed in a former prison complex, so the gilding was somewhat limited to begin with.
** Cassandra Pentagast confides in you that her life before becoming a Seeker was very much like this. Being in a highborn family that was renowned for Dragon Slaying, few if any of which actually participated in. She herself describes her state in the family as being like a porcelain doll, occasionally brought out to be shown off but generally just kept aside.

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** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' the Kirkwall Circle of Magi has it even worse: not only are the Templars even stricter (verging on psychotic), but over the course of the game the "gilding" on their cage is gradually removed; apart from that rather nasty point in which Ser Alrik was implied to be making mages [[EmptyShell Tranquil]] so he could use them as sex slaves, the most spartan it got was in Act II, 3, when mages aren't even permitted to leave their cells. The Circle is even housed in a former prison complex, so the gilding was somewhat limited to begin with.
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', Cassandra Pentagast Pentaghast confides in you that her life before becoming a Seeker was very much like this. Being in a highborn family that was renowned for Dragon Slaying, few if any of which actually participated in. She herself describes her state in the family as being like a porcelain doll, occasionally brought out to be shown off but generally just kept aside.
* In the ''Dawnguard'' expansion of ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', Serana observes that Castle Volkihar was essentially this for her as she was growing up. She was never able to go anywhere or have any real friends, mostly due to her family's status (her father was an extremely high-ranking noble, almost a king in his way) and the fact that her parents were [[spoiler:Daedra worshipers who eventually became vampires, and forced her to become one as well]].
3rd Nov '17 4:42:26 AM AnotherEpicFail
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* This is apparently a common practice of the Templars in ''VideoGame/TheSecretWorld'': in the event that dangerous scholars and magicians prove too valuable to simply execute, the Templars arrange to have the offenders rehabilitated in as opulent a setting as possible - tenured life at university being a popular variant. The main example of this treatment found in the game is [[EruditeStoner Iain Tibet Gladstone]]; having been caught after a long spree of heavy drug use and dubious practical experiments, he is currently being held under house arrest at the absurdly luxurious Temple Club, with a massive library at his disposal and the Stuart Twins as his [[CloudcuckoolandersMinder Minders]]. As cushy as it is, it's still a prison; Gladstone is not allowed off the premises unsupervised, the threat of worse conditions has been raised in order to keep him out of trouble, he's actually been banned from visiting Oxford - and the faculty are prepared to enforce the ban by having him ''[[DisproportionateRetribution hanged]].''
31st Oct '17 12:59:18 PM LadyNorbert
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* 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.

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* Played For Laughts Laughs 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.shelter.
* In ''[[Fanfic/TwiceUponAnAge Across the Waking Sea]]'', the royal residence in Starkhaven is implied to be this for [[VideoGame/DragonAgeII Bethany Hawke]]. She ''can'' leave whenever she likes - she's a guest of the prince, not a prisoner - but she feels stuck there because she doesn't know where else she could possibly go.



* In ''Film/{{Maleficent}}'' Aurora is locked in a luxurious room when she returns to the castle.

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* In ''Film/{{Maleficent}}'' Aurora is locked in a luxurious room when she returns to the castle. The contents of the room suggest that it was to have been her childhood nursery, had she grown up there as her parents intended.



* The titular {{Film/Paul}} is held captive for 60 years but under conditions pleasant enough for him to not even realise that he's a prisoner. He gets to hob-nob with world leaders and cultural icons, even advising them regarding their works, and is supplied with weed that's apparently strong enough to have killed Music/BobDylan. It's not until The Big Guy decides that Paul is more useful to her dead than alive that he realises that he wasn't a guest but a prisoner after all.

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* The titular {{Film/Paul}} is held captive for 60 years years, but under conditions pleasant enough for him to not even realise that he's a prisoner. He gets to hob-nob hobnob with world leaders and cultural icons, even advising them regarding their works, and is supplied with weed that's apparently strong enough to have killed Music/BobDylan. It's not until The Big Guy decides that Paul is more useful to her dead than alive that he realises that he wasn't a guest but a prisoner after all.



* 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.

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* Every live action adaptation of ''BeautyAndTheBeast'' ''Literature/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.



* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', Sansa becomes a prisoner at King's Landing after her father's [[OffWithHisHead unjust execution]]. She still lives in luxury and is treated as a Lady, but she's at the mercy of the Lannisters and has to keep of a facade of still loving [[TheCaligula Joffrey]] and hating her family for being traitors.

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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', Sansa becomes a prisoner at King's Landing after her father's [[OffWithHisHead unjust execution]]. She still lives in luxury and is treated as a Lady, but she's at the mercy of the Lannisters and has to keep of up a facade of still loving [[TheCaligula Joffrey]] and hating her family for being traitors.
28th Oct '17 12:26:43 PM OlmoJV
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* The [[WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2 Tower of the Sacred Flame]] becomes this 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 one year as the peacock family's guest.

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* The [[WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2 Tower of the Sacred Flame]] becomes this to Lady Lianne and its other occupants after Lord Shen takes over Gongmen City [[spoiler:until the tower is destroyed]] in ''FanFic/TheVow''.''Fanfic/TheVow''. Years earlier, Lianne even [[{{Foreshadowing}} calls the tower this trope]] when she has to spend one year as the peacock family's guest.
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