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10th Dec '17 2:57:00 AM AmayirotAkago
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* ''[[Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure Jojo's Bizarre Adventure]]'': Okuyasu's father was horribly mutated by [=DIO's=] cells into a near-mindless abomination and is now kept in the attic by his sons, who are trying to find a way to MercyKill him out of pity. Given that he [[HealingFactor regenerates from every injury]], it doesn't go well.
26th Nov '17 1:10:42 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* [[spoiler: Sakurako Saiki]] from ''Manga/SakuraGari'' has been locked in an old warehouse for nine years. The reasons are later explained: [[spoiler:she had always been TheUnfavourite even before Souma arrived to the family, but was allowed to live in the more modern mansion like any other family member. Even after her mother's extremely weird death, she was staying there... it was only after her CreepyChild behavior went UpToEleven ''in public'' that she was confined to the warehouse as punishment, with the butler Katou as her personal caretaker, while the rest of the family and servants told the outsiders that she died of illness few after her mom died]]. Unlike other cases, [[spoiler:Sakurako ''is'' ultimately allowed to leave the warehouse/"attic" and come back to the main home, mostly because of a fire in there that revealed the deceit; when she speaks to Souma few after her release, she offhandedly says that she now has some difficulty to walk due to having been locked in a relatively small space for so long]].

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* [[spoiler: Sakurako Saiki]] from ''Manga/SakuraGari'' has been was locked in an old warehouse for nine years. The reasons are later explained: [[spoiler:she had always been TheUnfavourite even before Souma arrived to the family, but was allowed to live in the more modern mansion like any other family member. Even after her mother's extremely weird death, she was staying there... it was only after her CreepyChild behavior went UpToEleven ''in public'' that she was confined to the warehouse as punishment, with the butler Katou as her personal caretaker, while the rest of the family and servants told the outsiders that she died of illness few after her mom died]]. Unlike other cases, [[spoiler:Sakurako [[spoiler:Sakurako]] ''is'' ultimately allowed to leave the warehouse/"attic" and come back to the main home, mostly because of a fire in there that revealed the deceit; when she speaks speaking to Souma [[spoiler:Souma]] few after her release, she the person offhandedly says that she they now has have some difficulty to walk walk, due to having been locked in a relatively small space for so long]].long.


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* In ''Anime/BloodPlus'', [[spoiler: Saya's twin sister Diva]] spent ''several'' years locked away in a tower as an experiment, with only one person ([[spoiler: the MadScientist Amshel]]) as a companion. When released from said place, [[spoiler:she]] is... '''[[PsychopathicManchild extremely]]''' [[AxCrazy unstable]] [[BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil as]] [[GigglingVillain a]] [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds result.]]
15th Oct '17 3:35:46 PM jamespolk
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* Happens thrice in ''Literature/HarryPotter''--to Harry himself in the [[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone first book]], [[spoiler:Barty Crouch]] Junior, and [[spoiler: Dumbledore's little sister Ariana]]. Subverted with Harry, though, as he was locked in a cupboard under a stairway, but was allowed outside unless he showed signs of magic. He was then freed when all the letters came from Hogwarts, but only because his aunt and uncle thought the letters would stop coming if he slept in a different part of the house. And then he got locked in there anyway, and food was passed to him through a cat flap.
** [[spoiler:Barty Crouch]] Junior is a case of ParentalAbandonment gone horribly wrong. His father was too busy persecuting and growing in political power on the Dark Witch Hunts to take his son on fishing trips (or even talk to the kid), and the Death Eaters saw one hell of an opportunity to hire the son of the head of the secret police as a mole. When Karkaroff sold him out, Senior sentenced his own son to jail (note that this is a magical jail that is not inspected by ANYONE, so it's a living hell), but was talked out of it by his wife. [[spoiler: BC]] Junior spent the rest of his jail time in the attic of their house... until Voldemort broke him out. He proceeds to bring about the apocalypse in book four.
** As for [[spoiler: Ariana]], this was played semi-straight. She [[TheOphelia went mad]] [[spoiler: after an attack by a gang of Muggle boys, which could be read as rape]], and was locked up after [[spoiler: her father was sent to prison for attacking the Muggle boys, and refusing to say why he did it]]. Everybody outside the family (the ones who knew about her existence, anyway) figured her mother had locked her up for being a Squib (a wizard with no magical ability), which was a bad thing to be during [[spoiler: Ariana's lifetime]]. Which, in the present in the novels, is still a bad thing; she's indirectly responsible for Russia's secret magician corps (they killed Russian civilians during World War II), as her extremely flashy death provides the muse of the magic corps' leader.

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* Happens thrice in ''Literature/HarryPotter''--to Harry himself in the [[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone first book]], [[spoiler:Barty Crouch]] Junior, and [[spoiler: Dumbledore's little sister Ariana]]. Subverted with Harry, though, as he was locked in a cupboard under a stairway, but was allowed outside unless he showed signs of magic. He was then freed when all the letters came from Hogwarts, but only because his aunt and uncle thought the letters would stop coming if he slept in a different part of the house. And then he got locked in there anyway, and food was passed to him through a cat flap.
** [[spoiler:Barty Crouch]] Junior is a case of ParentalAbandonment gone horribly wrong. His father was too busy persecuting and growing in political power on the Dark Witch Hunts to take his son on fishing trips (or even talk to the kid), and the Death Eaters saw one hell of an opportunity to hire the son of the head of the secret police as a mole. When Karkaroff sold him out, Senior sentenced his own son to jail (note that this is a magical jail that is not inspected by ANYONE, so it's a living hell), but was talked out of it by his wife. [[spoiler: BC]] Junior spent the rest of his jail time in the attic of their house... until Voldemort broke him out. He proceeds to bring about the apocalypse in book four.
** As for [[spoiler: Ariana]], this was played semi-straight.
''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows''--to Ariana Dumbledore. She [[TheOphelia went mad]] [[spoiler: after an attack by a gang of Muggle boys, which could be read as rape]], and was locked up after [[spoiler: her father was sent to prison for attacking the Muggle boys, and refusing to say why he did it]]. Everybody outside the family (the ones who knew about her existence, anyway) figured her mother had locked her up for being a Squib (a wizard with no magical ability), which was a bad thing to be during [[spoiler: Ariana's lifetime]]. Which, in the present in the novels, is still a bad thing; she's indirectly responsible for Russia's secret magician corps (they killed Russian civilians during World War II), as her extremely flashy death provides the muse of the magic corps' leader.


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* ''Literature/EarlyAutumn'': John Pentland is the scion of an old and very rich family, but that doesn't stop him from having a crazy wife locked up in one wing of the house. She's been there a long time; she was already roaming around the locked-up north wing when Olivia arrived 20 years before the story's setting to marry John Pentland's son Anson.
28th Sep '17 11:50:20 AM SeptimusHeap
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* Chance the Gardener in ''BeingThere'' was confined to the Old Man's house all of his life due to his mental handicap, and no one but the maids who worked in the house knew he existed. And it's possible he's the Old Man's illegitimate son to boot. The story gets underway once the Old Man dies and he is turned out of the house by the lawyers who came to close the estate. He's a nice, well-spoken person, however (partially due to his being allowed to watch television, giving him some idea of proper behavior and speech), and winds up becoming a ParodySue when he encounters people who have no idea what he really is.

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* Chance the Gardener in ''BeingThere'' ''Film/BeingThere'' was confined to the Old Man's house all of his life due to his mental handicap, and no one but the maids who worked in the house knew he existed. And it's possible he's the Old Man's illegitimate son to boot. The story gets underway once the Old Man dies and he is turned out of the house by the lawyers who came to close the estate. He's a nice, well-spoken person, however (partially due to his being allowed to watch television, giving him some idea of proper behavior and speech), and winds up becoming a ParodySue when he encounters people who have no idea what he really is.
13th Sep '17 11:54:09 PM DrOO7
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* A storyline on ''Series/AllMyChildren'' revealed that mysterious millionaire Dimitri Marick (who at the time was a new character) had hidden his wife away, although she wasn't "mad", just severely physically and mentally injured due to a catastrophic riding accident. Making the ''Literature/JaneEyre'' ripoff complete, this is all revealed during a ball being held to celebrate Dimitri's engagement to another woman when the wheelchair-bound wife is brought into the ballroom by her mother.Aside from being stunned to learn that her intended is already married, she's further creeped out upon seeing that she bears a strong resemblance to the woman.

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* A storyline on ''Series/AllMyChildren'' revealed that mysterious millionaire Dimitri Marick (who at the time was a new character) had hidden his wife away, although she wasn't "mad", just severely physically and mentally injured due to a catastrophic riding accident. Making the ''Literature/JaneEyre'' ripoff complete, this is all revealed during a ball being held to celebrate Dimitri's engagement to another woman when the wheelchair-bound wife is brought into the ballroom by her mother.Aside from being stunned to learn that her intended is already married, she's further creeped out upon seeing that she bears a [[ReplacementGoldfish strong resemblance resemblance]] to the woman.
12th Sep '17 8:28:43 PM PaulA
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** The title character of "The Outsider", who is also locked in an OntologicalMystery. It's not clear who's locked him away, though, so it's not sure he fits exactly.
12th Sep '17 8:26:42 PM PaulA
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** Rhoby Harris in "The Shunned House". After the presence haunting the house attacks her, her protests are dismissed as just another symptom of her insanity.

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** Rhoby Harris in "The Shunned House"."Literature/TheShunnedHouse". After the presence haunting the house attacks her, her protests are dismissed as just another symptom of her insanity.
10th Sep '17 7:27:17 AM BloodyPantastic
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* The Hillybilly from ''Videogame/DeadByDaylight'' was this according to his StartOfDarkness. He spent a good chunk of his life bricked up inside of his own room, only fed through a hole in the wall due to his parents shunning him because of his deformities. Eventually, he escaped and went on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge.

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* The Hillybilly Hillbilly from ''Videogame/DeadByDaylight'' was this according to his StartOfDarkness. He spent a good chunk of his life bricked up inside of his own room, only fed through a hole in the wall due to his parents shunning him because of his deformities. Eventually, he escaped and went on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
8th Sep '17 1:43:55 AM PaulA
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* The mother in ''Film/TheCurse'', loosely based on ''[[Creator/HPLovecraft The Color out of Space]]'' becomes one of these late in the film.

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* The mother in ''Film/TheCurse'', loosely based on ''[[Creator/HPLovecraft The Color out of Space]]'' ''Literature/TheColourOutOfSpace'', becomes one of these late in the film.



* Creator/HPLovecraft was fond of this one: he contributed multiple examples.

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* Creator/HPLovecraft was fond of this one: he contributed multiple examples.Creator/HPLovecraft:



** "The Shadow Over Innsmouth": The narrator makes reference to a relative (who has been slowly transforming into a fish man) locked away in an asylum. It's also noted that a few of the Innsmouth people have gotten so deformed that they don't go outside anymore. In this case, it's not that most of the locals would be freaked out by them, since most of them are in on the weird cult, but there's the occasional person around who isn't.

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** "The Shadow Over Innsmouth": "Literature/TheShadowOverInnsmouth": The narrator makes reference to a relative (who has been slowly transforming into a fish man) locked away in an asylum. It's also noted that a few of the Innsmouth people have gotten so deformed that they don't go outside anymore. In this case, it's not that most of the locals would be freaked out by them, since most of them are in on the weird cult, but there's the occasional person around who isn't.
1st Sep '17 5:03:23 PM Theatre_Maven_3695
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* At points in the history of treating mental illnesses and syndromes, this has been the ''humane'' option--for reasons varying from the then-current State of the Art ideas of mental illness to modern, enlightened laws that make it impossible to permanently institutionalize many of those who are only functional ''in'' an institution. It mostly takes being disabled to the point of not being legally responsible for yourself, or having killed a few people the ''last'' time you [[AxCrazy stopped being functional]].

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* At points in the history of treating mental illnesses and syndromes, this has been the ''humane'' option--for reasons varying from the then-current State of the Art ideas of mental illness to modern, enlightened laws that make it impossible to permanently institutionalize many of those who are only functional ''in'' an institution. It mostly takes being disabled to the point of not being legally responsible for yourself, or having killed a few people the ''last'' time you [[AxCrazy stopped being functional]].functional.



* After being revealed as a SerialKiller, Elizabeth Báthory was imprisoned within a bricked-up set of rooms, with only small slits left open for ventilation and the passage.
* Virginia Ridley, a resident of Ringgold, Georgia, was believed to be this. No one saw her for decades, it was rumored her eccentric husband Alvin kept her locked in the basement, and when he reported her death [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qe3RPEOyQGs he was promptly accused of her murder]]. Her hypergraphic {{Diary}}, [[http://snapjudgment.org/writing-wall-0 presented as evidence in the 1999 trial]], revealed she and Al were HappilyMarried. She was not a prisoner, just a {{Hikikomori}} due to severe epilepsy.

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* After being revealed as a SerialKiller, serial killer, Elizabeth Báthory was imprisoned within a bricked-up set of rooms, with only small slits left open for ventilation and the passage.
* Virginia Ridley, a resident of Ringgold, Georgia, was believed to be this. No one saw her for decades, it was rumored her eccentric husband Alvin kept her locked in the basement, and when he reported her death [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qe3RPEOyQGs he was promptly accused of her murder]]. Her hypergraphic {{Diary}}, [[http://snapjudgment.org/writing-wall-0 presented as evidence in the 1999 trial]], revealed she and Al were HappilyMarried.happily married. She was not a prisoner, just a {{Hikikomori}} due to severe epilepsy.
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