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14th Apr '17 8:57:59 PM Dattix
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* Any prison with a sizable gang population can become one of these (even ones that wouldn't nominally count) for someone ''not'' in a gang, particularly if it's one that, in the United States at least, houses both Crips and Bloods, Aryan Brotherhood/NLR members, and Mexican Mafia members to name a few. Considering that clashes between gangs can be ''savage'' and potentially lethal even to guards, and said gangs are extremely organized, smuggle drugs and train for riots, it can be difficult to know who to trust even if you are in a gang since someone could be extorting you. Worse still, the ''politics'' of the vast majority of gangs mandate that [[ButThouMust you have to get into a fight if your gang/race is involved]], lest something happen to you.

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* Any prison with a sizable gang population can become one of these (even ones that wouldn't nominally count) for someone ''not'' not in a gang, particularly if it's one that, in simply because gang activity can involve anything from illegal drug trades (and all the United States at least, houses both Crips and Bloods, Aryan Brotherhood/NLR members, and Mexican Mafia members to name a few. Considering nastiness that clashes between gangs goes along with it) to fights over the most trivial things, up to and including full-scale war that can be ''savage'' and potentially lethal leave people dead, even to guards, and said gangs are extremely organized, smuggle drugs and train for riots, it can be difficult to know who to trust even if you are officers. Not being in a gang since someone could be extorting you. Worse still, in these places carries a huge risk of, among other things, being extorted or caught up in a fight with no one to turn to, and you can't always rely on the ''politics'' of guards to help you out. What's worse, the vast majority "politics" of gangs mandate most gangs, at least in North America, decree that [[ButThouMust you have to get must jump into a fight if your gang/race is involved]], involving fellow gang members]] lest something happen to you.you. In fact, gang activity is one of the main drivers of the existence of supermax facilities, which attempt to gimp their ability to operate by isolating their leaders, but this rarely works since they find ways to beat the system anyway.
28th Mar '17 12:30:08 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* ''Franchise/MortalKombat'': The franchise has a lot of arenas that are meant to serve as dungeons or prisons, and they all qualify, many of them also serving as places where torture and executions are carried out. The Dead Pool and the Evil Tower are both used like this in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' (the first one used to hold Sonya after she's taken prisoner and the second used to hold Kitana, with Sheeva acting as a jailer in both cases; Sonya [[DeadpanSnarker sarcastically asks her]], "What is it with you Shokan and underground cesspools?"). Goro's Lair is also used for this purpose, although, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin as its name implies]], it's also Goro's lair. (He's not always home, but it's always where a BossBattle involving him is fought. It's implied given his intro that being put there is akin to being sentenced to death by being eaten alive.) The worst is likely the Dark Prison from ''VideoGame/MortalKombatDeception''. The eight prisoners in the cells are randomly selected from the nonplayable characters in the Konquest Mode (it changes each time the arena appears) and if an opponent is knocked against a cell door, the occupant grabs and hold him or her for a chance for a free hit or combo. It also has a nasty Stage Fatality, with a spiked wall compressor that activates when the loser is knocked into it.

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The franchise has a lot of arenas that are meant to serve as dungeons or prisons, and they all qualify, many of them also serving as places where torture and executions are carried out. The Dead Pool and the Evil Tower are both used like this in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' (the first one used to hold Sonya after she's taken prisoner and the second used to hold Kitana, with Sheeva acting as a jailer in both cases; Sonya [[DeadpanSnarker sarcastically asks her]], "What is it with you Shokan and underground cesspools?"). Goro's Lair is also used for this purpose, although, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin as its name implies]], it's also Goro's lair. (He's not always home, but it's always where a BossBattle involving him is fought. It's implied given his intro that being put there is akin to being sentenced to death by being eaten alive.) The worst is likely the Dark Prison from ''VideoGame/MortalKombatDeception''. The eight prisoners in the cells are randomly selected from the nonplayable characters in the Konquest Mode (it changes each time the arena appears) and if an opponent is knocked against a cell door, the occupant grabs and hold him or her for a chance for a free hit or combo. It also has a nasty Stage Fatality, with a spiked wall compressor that activates when the loser is knocked into it.
** One notable aversion is in ''X'', where the cellblock the Earthrealm warriors are kept seems like an average jail. (Kotal Kahn clearly isn't the type of ruler his father is.)
20th Mar '17 4:18:53 PM Lopiny
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* ''Videogame/SaltAndSanctuary'': The Red Hall of Cages seems to consist almost entirely of cramped jail cells and horrible torture devices, including racks, ''flamethrowers'' and the infamous Tree of Men, where the prisoners are hanged from chains, left to wither. The staff is even worse, with guards that relish in torturing the prisoners, executioners that take their time, monstrous gaolers and the Red Lords occasionally stepping in to mangle prisoners with their wicked sickles. Or at least, it used to be this way; decades have passed, and in this island the prisoners and staff have all become undead, with their roles fading away into "a black milieu of pain" that leads them all to attack you with the same ferocity they reserved for each other. [[spoiler:Including the Tree of Men itself, which as an inanimate object should not even have a will of its own, let alone a desire to make you specifically suffer. Presumably, the original Red Hall of Cages back in Askaria, of which this one is a mere copy, is still running in its usual, heretic-torturing manner, as this one seems to be the most recent of the island's "acquisitions".]]
20th Mar '17 2:12:51 PM Mitis
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* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfDragoon'': Hellena Prison. Despite its name, the prison itself is pretty decent in regards to living conditions…but it's run by a sadistic FatBastard named Fruegel, who not only excessively enjoys hurting and killing others ([[BadBoss including his own men]]) but has a tendency to feed people to his pet monster, Jiango. Many of his subordinates seem to be cruel as well…but they look downright decent next to Fruegel.

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* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfDragoon'': Hellena Prison. Despite its name, the prison itself is pretty decent in regards to living conditions…but conditions. But it's run by a sadistic FatBastard named Fruegel, who not only excessively enjoys hurting and killing others ([[BadBoss including his own men]]) but has a tendency to feed people to his pet monster, Jiango. Many of his subordinates seem to be cruel as well…but well, but they look downright decent next to Fruegel.
9th Mar '17 11:24:44 PM Lanes17B
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* Based on [[BasedOnATrueStory events]] of what happened at Unit-731, in the movie ''Film/MenBehindTheSun'' the inmates, nicknamed ''marutas'', or logs, were kept alive long enough to be used on a number of [[NightmareFuel horrifying,]] and [[NauseaFuel sickening]] [[PlayingWithSyringes human experiments.]]
8th Mar '17 3:07:54 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption'': After [[MiscarriageOfJustice allegedly killing his wife along with her boyfriend after he catches her cheating on him]], Andy Dufresne is sentenced to two life sentences at Shawshank Redemption, where he encounters a gang of prison rapists known as "The Sisters", the vicious leader of the prison guards Captain Hadley, and the corrupt warden Samuel Norton who wishes to use him to embezzle money. Fortunately, Andy manages to gradually improve Shawshank as the film goes on. The prison itself is a fairly mild example, especially compared to the era its set in, but the corrupt staff is definetly not.

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* ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption'': After [[MiscarriageOfJustice allegedly killing his wife along with her boyfriend after he catches her cheating on him]], Andy Dufresne is sentenced to two life sentences at Shawshank Redemption, where he encounters a gang of prison rapists known as "The Sisters", the vicious leader of the prison guards Captain Hadley, and the corrupt warden Samuel Norton who wishes to use him to embezzle money. Fortunately, Andy manages to gradually improve Shawshank as the film goes on. The prison itself is a fairly mild example, especially compared to the era its set in, but the corrupt staff is definetly definitely not.
8th Mar '17 3:06:07 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''WeaponBrown'' has "Id" (as in ''TheWizardOfId''). Even before the Last War, it was pretty bad, but AfterTheEnd, the Syndicate transformed it into a serious Hellhole Prison, ruled over with an iron first by the "King" Of Id. The prisoners are all physically and psychologically tortured, and invariably become agoraphobic, to the point that instead of an isolation chamber, prisoners are punished by being put in the excersize yard, where they'll grind their fingers to the bone trying to dig through the concrete to escape the open space. On top of everything else, Id is also home to the notorious black magician and serial killer "Wizard", originally an inmate of the prison, but now serves as the Syndicates go-to guy for magic.

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* ''WeaponBrown'' ''Webcomic/WeaponBrown'' has "Id" (as in ''TheWizardOfId'').''ComicStrip/TheWizardOfId''). Even before the Last War, it was pretty bad, but AfterTheEnd, the Syndicate transformed it into a serious Hellhole Prison, ruled over with an iron first by the "King" Of Id. The prisoners are all physically and psychologically tortured, and invariably become agoraphobic, to the point that instead of an isolation chamber, prisoners are punished by being put in the excersize yard, where they'll grind their fingers to the bone trying to dig through the concrete to escape the open space. On top of everything else, Id is also home to the notorious black magician and serial killer "Wizard", originally an inmate of the prison, but now serves as the Syndicates go-to guy for magic.
8th Mar '17 3:05:19 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''{{VideoGame/Warcraft}} 3'': The Dungeon maps feature charming little things like cages, torture racks and iron maidens. Not to mention the skeletons that are still chained up on the wall...

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* ''{{VideoGame/Warcraft}} 3'': ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'': The Dungeon maps feature charming little things like cages, torture racks and iron maidens. Not to mention the skeletons that are still chained up on the wall...
5th Mar '17 11:43:43 PM Lanes17B
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* Jasenovac, and other camps run by the [[UsefulNotes/Croatia Ustashe regime]] managed to shock visiting Nazis who wanted to see how their Balkan allies were dealing with their own undesirables.

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* Jasenovac, and other camps run by the [[UsefulNotes/Croatia [[UsefulNotes/{{Croatia}} Ustashe regime]] managed to shock visiting Nazis who wanted to see how their Balkan allies were dealing with their own undesirables.
26th Feb '17 12:51:30 AM Lanes17B
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