History Main / HellholePrison

26th Nov '16 2:59:37 PM nombretomado
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* [[{{Batman}} Arkham Asylum]] is not technically a prison, but still fits this trope to a T. Though intended to just be a mental institution for the criminally insane, the asylum de facto became one of these due to being the only place availible for Gothams super criminals, even some who arent insane. As such, the place is a Hellhole Prison both for the inmates AND the staff. For the inmates, the place is cold, dark, underfunded and many of the staff are abusive (not to mention the beatings they usually get from the local vigilante just to subdue them). For the staff, they're surrounded by some of the most notorious murderers to ever walk the planet, some of whom have incredibly deadly superhuman powers, and killing sprees occur virtually bi-weekly as security measures inevitably fail at some point.

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* [[{{Batman}} [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Arkham Asylum]] is not technically a prison, but still fits this trope to a T. Though intended to just be a mental institution for the criminally insane, the asylum de facto became one of these due to being the only place availible for Gothams super criminals, even some who arent insane. As such, the place is a Hellhole Prison both for the inmates AND the staff. For the inmates, the place is cold, dark, underfunded and many of the staff are abusive (not to mention the beatings they usually get from the local vigilante just to subdue them). For the staff, they're surrounded by some of the most notorious murderers to ever walk the planet, some of whom have incredibly deadly superhuman powers, and killing sprees occur virtually bi-weekly as security measures inevitably fail at some point.
23rd Nov '16 11:28:45 PM SilentStranger
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** The prisons used for civilian criminals arent quite as bad, but they're still well-within Hellhole range. The most common punishment is the Iso-Cubes, which is a tiny, cramped cell made of transparent materal, where you'll spend your ENTIRE TERM. No breaks, no outside excersize, nothing. And ''everyone'' goes in here if they're sentenced for a crime, even children. The only advantage this system has is that it makes gang formation impossible.
** Mutants are not subject to baseline human laws, but their sentences arent much better. Due to lacking any real rights, all mutants who are caught are automatically deported to the hellish Cursed Earth. Mutant CRIMINALS are sentenced to forced labor on one of the many plantations out in the wasteland, which on top of basically being slave plantations surrounded by radioactive desert, are also not reviewed much, leading to the prisoners suffering a lot of abuse at the hands of the jailers due to the Judges being too busy with the cities to look after them.
* [[{{Batman}} Arkham Asylum]] is not technically a prison, but still fits this trope to a T. Though intended to just be a mental institution for the criminally insane, the asylum de facto became one of these due to being the only place availible for Gothams super criminals, even some who arent insane. As such, the place is a Hellhole Prison both for the inmates AND the staff. For the inmates, the place is cold, dark, underfunded and many of the staff are abusive (not to mention the beatings they usually get from the local vigilante just to subdue them). For the staff, they're surrounded by some of the most notorious murderers to ever walk the planet, some of whom have incredibly deadly superhuman powers, and killing sprees occur virtually bi-weekly as security measures inevitably fail at some point.
** Blackgate Prison is a more traditional version of this trope, being home to Gothams rank-and-file murderers, rapists and drug dealers.
* ''TheFlash'' has Iron Heights, a prison for metahuman criminals in Keystone City. Originally it was about as good as you can expect a maximum security facility for superpowered killers to be, but it was turned into this trope by an overzealous warden who had a pathologic hate against metahuman criminals. Superpowered convicts are made to wear their costumes inside the prison, are kept locked up in the prisons sub-basement known as "the Pipeline", denied food and water, suffered constant beatings by the guards, and even kept a nuclear-powered villain imprisoned in a generator to power the prison.



* ''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.

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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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* ''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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* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' Mister Miracle spent his childhood in such a place called the X Pit which he somehow escaped.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' Mister Miracle spent his childhood was raised on Apokalips by Granny Goodness, a New God who's main role is to torture and brainwash children into becoming suicidally loyal slave soldiers for Darkseid. Miracle, being originally from Apokalips good counterpart New Genesis, didnt break under her normal methods, so she placed him in such a place called Hellhole Prison known as the X Pit X-Pit, which he somehow combined this trope with a death trap and an isolation chamber. This also failed, and Miracle eventually escaped.
24th Sep '16 7:39:10 AM BrendanRizzo
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* In ''Fanfic/TheGreatestThereWasOrEverWillBe'', the world's most vile criminals (though that metric is rather subjective) are sent to [=DeadHeat=] Prison, a facility on the edge of a volcanic island in which all inmates are kept in solitary confinement continuously, and are forbidden to speak with anyone. The volcanism also blots out the sky, so that the prisoners [[LiteralMetaphor never see the light of day]]. Everybody in Kanto knows that being sent there is a FateWorseThanDeath, even if one is lucky enough not to receive a life sentence.
14th Sep '16 1:17:16 AM DeoVindiceCSA
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** To give an idea of how bad the treatment of prisoners was at Andersonville, the response of General Sherman and his troops upon seeing the condition of surviving [=POWs=] was to ''[[KillItWithFire burn]] [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge the]] [[DisproportionateRetribution south]]''. In addition, the commander of Andersonville was the ''only'' Confederate officer executed for war crimes after the fighting was over.

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** To give an idea of how bad the treatment of prisoners was at Andersonville, the response of General Sherman and his troops upon seeing the condition of surviving [=POWs=] was to ''[[KillItWithFire burn]] [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge the]] [[DisproportionateRetribution south]]''. In addition, the commander of Andersonville was the ''only'' Confederate officer executed for war crimes after the fighting was over.
22nd Aug '16 4:24:14 AM Morgenthaler
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* Nazi prisons and concentration camps, as one can ''very'' well imagine, are among the most notorious examples of this trope.

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* Nazi prisons and concentration camps, as one can ''very'' well imagine, are among the most notorious examples of this trope. They top most other examples on this page in that the majority were built with the ''explicit purpose'' of killing as many prisoners as possible, either by direct extermination or through slave labor and malnutrition.
16th Aug '16 9:15:52 PM PaulA
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* In the ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'' short story "Borders of Infinity", the Dagoola IV prison camp is designed to be as bad as possible without violating galactic law on the treatment of prisoners of war. Due to egregious LoopholeAbuse, the camp has continuous illumination, riots twice daily over food distribution, frequent PrisonRape and non-existant medical care.

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* In the ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'' short story "Borders of Infinity", "Literature/TheBordersOfInfinity", the Dagoola IV prison camp is designed to be as bad as possible without violating galactic law on the treatment of prisoners of war. Due to egregious LoopholeAbuse, the camp has continuous illumination, riots twice daily over food distribution, frequent PrisonRape and non-existant medical care.
10th Aug '16 8:40:16 PM PaulA
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* In ''[[Literature/AsianSaga Shogun]]'', John Blackthorne ends up in such a prison. The prison is described as a room, where dozens of men are all stripped to their undergarments. The floor is covered in filth, the air is hot with a terrible stench and the men themselves only have enough room to stand in very close proximity, with those who lie down being too sick and near death to stand. Sick men die during the night and the rest are willing to kill each other for a bowl of rice. Its enough to drive Blackthorne into a HeroicBSOD.

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* In ''[[Literature/AsianSaga Shogun]]'', ''Literature/{{Shogun}}'', John Blackthorne ends up in such a prison. The prison is described as a room, where dozens of men are all stripped to their undergarments. The floor is covered in filth, the air is hot with a terrible stench and the men themselves only have enough room to stand in very close proximity, with those who lie down being too sick and near death to stand. Sick men die during the night and the rest are willing to kill each other for a bowl of rice. Its It's enough to drive Blackthorne into a HeroicBSOD.
27th Jun '16 7:30:11 AM Shadowgazer
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Alternatively, especially in the future settings, the prison might not be a barbaric pit where only the strongest survive. Instead, it will be a {{Cyberpunk}} nightmare where [[BigBrotherIsWatching every action is monitored]], any step out of line is equated with an attempt to escape and punished accordingly, and there is one, if not several, MadScientist(s) who regard the prisoners as nothing more than guinea pigs for their [[PlayingWithSyringes immoral experiments]]. Of course, the worst of prisons might well mix and match the elements outlined above, resulting in something like a Nazi concentration camp turned UpToEleven.

Story-wise, this sort of prison will often get heroes thrown into it, so that the hero can demonstrate their inherent hero-ness by refusing to be defeated by the prison. It may also serve to [[PrisonsAreGymnasiums toughen them up]] for the next part of the plot (since pretty much any story with a prison as a setting involves a GreatEscape as the plot). Other times, it will just serve as a FateWorseThanDeath which the hero must fight to avoid.

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Alternatively, especially in the future settings, the prison might not be a barbaric pit where only the strongest survive.survive and where the guards turn a blind eye to the criminal control. Instead, it will be a {{Cyberpunk}} nightmare where [[BigBrotherIsWatching every action is monitored]], any step out of line is equated with an attempt to escape and punished accordingly, and there is one, if not several, MadScientist(s) who regard the prisoners as nothing more than guinea pigs for their [[PlayingWithSyringes immoral experiments]]. Of course, the worst of prisons might well mix and match the elements outlined above, resulting in something like a Nazi concentration camp turned UpToEleven.

Story-wise, this sort of prison will often get heroes thrown into it, so that the hero can demonstrate their inherent hero-ness by refusing to be defeated by the prison.prison, often because they were either framed for a crime or because they are an enemy of the ruling dictatorship. It may also serve to [[PrisonsAreGymnasiums toughen them up]] for the next part of the plot (since pretty much any story with a prison as a setting involves a GreatEscape as the plot). Other times, it will just serve as a FateWorseThanDeath which the hero must fight to avoid.
17th Jun '16 12:07:43 AM PaulA
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* Oscar Wilde's lengthy poem, ''The Ballad of Reading Gaol'' details the horrors he experienced during his imprisonment in the titular establishment. He writes of the inedible food, back-breaking hard labor, and crushing misery that makes prisoners worse instead of rehabilitating them.

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* Oscar Wilde's Creator/OscarWilde's lengthy poem, ''The Ballad of Reading Gaol'' details the horrors he experienced during his imprisonment in the titular establishment.Reading Gaol. He writes of the inedible food, back-breaking hard labor, and crushing misery that makes prisoners worse instead of rehabilitating them.
15th Jun '16 6:56:46 PM spectertv
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** In ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare 2'', TF141 breaks into one to kidnap the prisoner inside for information on Makarov. The entire gulag exists to punish one guy: [[spoiler: Captain Price.]]

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** In ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare 2'', TF141 [=TF141=] breaks into one to kidnap the prisoner inside for information on Makarov. The entire gulag exists to punish one guy: [[spoiler: Captain Price.]]
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