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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.
28th Aug '17 10:38:00 PM PaulA
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* In the short story, "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" by Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin, a filthy, malnourished little child of indeterminate gender is locked in a windowless room and treated as an animal for the vague good of the community.

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* In the short story, "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" "Literature/TheOnesWhoWalkAwayFromOmelas" by Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin, a filthy, malnourished little child of indeterminate gender is locked in a windowless room and treated as an animal for the vague good of the community.
6th Jul '17 5:19:11 PM angie710
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This trope is named for the landmark work of feminist literary criticism by Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar, referring to Mr. Rochester's wife in Creator/CharlotteBronte's ''Literature/JaneEyre''. The analysis indicates that this trope first popularly appeared, of all places, in Victorian women's literature, where depicting some women as crazy people was an easy way to make female villains with whom readers would be unlikely to sympathize. Obviously, this plan was not a complete success.

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This trope is named for the landmark work of feminist literary criticism by Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar, referring to Mr. Rochester's wife in Creator/CharlotteBronte's ''Literature/JaneEyre''. The analysis indicates that this trope first popularly appeared, of all places, in Victorian women's literature, where depicting some [[HystericalWoman women as crazy people people]] was an easy way to make female villains with whom readers would be unlikely to sympathize. Obviously, this plan was not a complete success.
6th Jul '17 5:06:15 PM eroock
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* Parodied in a HalloweenEpisode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', with Bart's EvilTwin, Hugo, locked up in the attic. The TwistEnding was that ''Bart'' was the Evil Twin, so Hugo was allowed to go free (even though he was clearly insane - then again, you'd be insane too, [[GoMadFromTheIsolation if in his shoes]]) and Bart is locked up in his place.

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* Parodied in a HalloweenEpisode ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E1TreehouseOfHorrorVII Treehouse of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Horror VII]]", with Bart's EvilTwin, Hugo, locked up in the attic. The TwistEnding was that ''Bart'' was the Evil Twin, so Hugo was allowed to go free (even though he was clearly insane - then again, you'd be insane too, [[GoMadFromTheIsolation if in his shoes]]) and Bart is locked up in his place.
6th Jul '17 4:58:42 PM eroock
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-->-- ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E1TreehouseOfHorrorVII Treehouse Of Horror VII]]"

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-->-- ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E1TreehouseOfHorrorVII Treehouse Of of Horror VII]]"
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